The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), in a bid to ensure that potholes on roads seemingly don’t go unaddressed, has announced plans to release a mobile app that can let citizens send photos of potholes to civic bodies. The application which is developed by the BBMP claims that the pothole will be fixed by the engineer concerned within 48 hours.
There are two different mobile apps developed by the BBMP, one to report the potholes and the other to locate them and fix. These applications are enabled by Geographical Information Systems (GIS). Initially, the users have to capture a photo of the pothole and then upload it to the Pothole Reporter Application. The photo will also capture details of location, the landmark along with date and time.
After the image has been uploaded, the concerned ward engineers will get a message on their phone. The engineer will then have to get the pothole fixed and an image of the fixed pothole has to be captured and fed to the Pothole Locator Application which will also be GIS-enabled.
Currently, the system is being used by the officials and soon will be available to be used by the public. “Right now, we are concentrating on meeting the deadline given by Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah,” said BBMP commissioner Manjunath Prasad.
“After this, the app will be allowed to the public," he added.
The BBMP officials have reported 21,449 potholes, since December 2016, out of which 9635 potholes have been fixed so far. One official, on Tuesday, said that they have identified 245 potholes and rectified 49.
Information source: The New Indian Express
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