The cobblestones on Church Street were damaged after a road roller was driven on them from Brigade Road to Empire restaurant on the other side on Sunday. This despite the fact that heavy vehicles are banned on the street.
A company carrying out TenderSURE work has been identified as being responsible. The Cubbon Park police have registered a case against it.
Based on a complaint filed by Srinivasulu, Health Officer of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), Shivajinagar sub-division, the police charged the driver of the road roller under the Prevention of Destruction and Loss of Property Act.
In his complaint, Mr. Srinivasulu said he was on night rounds when he received a complaint from the control room around 1 a.m. about the road roller moving on Church Street. He rushed to the spot and found Indra Kumar driving the vehicle on the newly-laid cobble stones. Upon inquiry, it was found that Indra Kumar was newly appointed and claimed not to know about the ban on heavy vehicles on the road.
“It is sheer negligence on the part of the company carrying out TenderSURE works that they have not briefed the driver about the ongoing project,” Mr. Srinivasulu said.
The matter was brought to the notice of higher-ups, following which a complaint was filed against the company with the Cubbon Park police on Sunday.
The police, who questioned the driver, said that Indra Kumar was on contract work for TenderSURE work on Brigade Road.
“He drove the road roller from Brigade Road junction to Hotel Empire. The police have sought an estimate of the damage caused to the cobble stones,” a senior police officer said.
The police have summoned the company officials for the investigation. The cost of the work on the entire stretch was around Rs. 14 crore.