After Anna Hazare’s Bengaluru event on Saturday, 28th May night, I was returning home from Art of Living with a friend. It was around 11pm. From Kanakapura Road we took left at Gubbalala cross (the road connects Kanakapura Road with Avalahalli in southwest Bengaluru) we encountered a damaged man hole and we both fell down from the scooter.
Luckily not much injury, but still it cost more over Rs.500 for hospital expenses, the scooter had scratches and our clothes were torn. My fingers were swollen and I couldn’t work on computer for the past few days. I am 38 and I work at an Infotech firm in the city.
The Gubbalala Cross Road goes through Hemmigepura, Vasanthpura, and Anjanapura wards.
My pillion rider Udayakumar Kollimath, 52, was lucky and escaped with an injury on his eye brow. Kollimath is an agriculture marketing professional.
Few months back on the same road, my neighbour, 14-year-old Akash A died on the spot when a speeding tanker hit the bike (he was on the pillion) when trying to avoid the open manhole. Even after 10 months these manholes are not closed! I heard from local residents that the deaths on this road are quite common.
Now, who’s responsible for the loss of this bubbly life? Who is responsible for the injuries to riders? Is it BWSSB or BBMP? Or our corporator? How long do the people of Bengaluru need to bear this kind of negligence?
I have lot of questions after the accident but don’t know who will provide the answer. I have never filed an RTI application in my life. I would like to file a case of negligence and make sure that all such man holes, un-scientific humps throughout Bengaluru are rectified. ⊕