In most cities around the world, the local government has a small amount of internal capacity too. I.e. they don’t outsource the 100% of their engineering work. About 10% is kept in-house. This means that they have a budget for some materials, a few roadrollers and JCBs, and a bunch of other things.
As a result, as and when potholes form, these in-house assets are deployed to fill them. Particularly on the major roads, this is important. They carry lots of traffic, and there’s no point subjecting so many vehicles to damage by poor roads.
Without in-house assets or such a forward contract, we have to wait for lots of potholes to form first, and then call for bids from contractors to deal with them. All of that causes delay.
Why was this system ended? Simple. BBMP corporators argued that pothole filling is ‘trivial work’ that can be performed by ‘anyone’, and that there is no need for a large city-wide contract to do this job. Instead, they said, the job should be given to local contractors overseen by the corporators. Translation – the job needs to be given to someone ‘known’ to them.
Hale kallu, hosa billu. Idhe namma BBMP 🙂
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