Bengaluru: Potholes in City have been a raising concern now and then. Despite the City’s civic authorities being criticised numerous times for it, the issue persists. People started geotagging one of these potholes on Google Maps on Tuesday September 20 to draw attention to the risk that potholes pose, and before they realised it, the pothole started receiving reviews.
The pothole, known as “Abizer’s pothole,” received a five-star rating and is located in the Bellanduru area of the City. Its caption reads, “Historical landmark in Bengaluru, Karnataka.” Google later removed the location. However, Twitter users had a day to poke fun at the landmark and the ignorance of concerned authorities.
Nimo Tai (@CrypticMiind), a Twitter user, shared screenshots of a Google location along with the reviews people shared on Google maps. Replying to this tweet, a Twitter user said, “A great idea to pin it on Google. Could’ve named it after the local corporator or MLA/MP. Let them have their day on Google as well when their pothole tops search results.”
In Bangalore, Potholes are landmarked on Google and have reviews 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/1zc6n3cuVV
— Nimo Tai 🇮🇳 (@Cryptic_Miind) September 20, 2022
It’s high time UNESCO declares it as world heritage site, was another response. After the landmark was removed a Twitter user said, “We have lost this historical landmark. It is not showing on Maps anymore.”
Though the landmark was removed by Google, another landmark named “News Abizers pothole” was created on September 21 and there are over 20 reviews already.
“The best scenic location in Bangalore. A trip inside should last you your lifetime and best of all, it’s free for all residents. Come, visit this extravaganza!! Kudos !!,” read a review.
Another person wrote, “This place is designed to keep you grounded and give you a lunar experience without having to fly to the moon! For best experience drive between 15-30 km and worst experience 5-15. The most creative part of this pothole is that it is actually an inverted speed breaker built by the govt which eventually will form a lake in 1.5 million years It is a must visit!”
The incident came into light a day after the Karnataka High Court warned the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) stating that while it may not be shouting at the BBMP, it is still committed to making sure potholes are covered in the City.
The BBMP lawyer was warned on Monday September 19 by the division bench, which was presided over by acting Chief Justice Alok Aradhe. “You convey the sense of urgency. Tell the BBMP Commissioner how urgent this situation is and how serious it is. It does not mean that we are not serious if we are not shouting,” he said.