The Namma Bengaluru Foundation (NBF), an activist organization working towards the betterment of the city, decided to remind the inhabitants to sit up and take notice of their city’s civic problems, indiatimes.com reported.
In an attempt to embarrass the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), the organization installed an anaconda with a half-eaten human arm in its mouth in Yeshwanthpur to bring the city’s attention towards its ever-increasing potholes, diseases, and waterlogging problems.
The massive fixture – that took two days to make – was placed on the streets on Sunday, indiatimes.com reported. The anaconda was created by Chitrakala Parishad graduate Pushparaj over two days.
It was only two months ago that another Bangalore artist, Nanjundaswamy, had let loose a life-size crocodile weighing 20 kgs in another 12-feet long city pothole, with the same objective.
Nanjundaswamy had previously drawn inspiration from Lord Yama himself, crafting Yama’s mouth around an open manhole to showcase the danger it represented to citizens. It has been reported that Bangalore has more than 2000 potholes in 422 of its main roads.
Politicians as well as BBMP officials have publicly set deadlines guaranteeing people that they’d repair all potholes.
While Home Minister K J George had set aside 45 days for this, BBMP Commissioner had estimated that over five months, by February 2014, all arterial and sub-arterial roads of Bangalore would be free of potholes.
The protests by the artists and civil society organizations indicate that the promises haven’t been kept. While artists like Nanjundaswamy have had some success in catalyzing action from BBMP, other citizens are often left on their own.
Numerous examples exist of people pooling in their own money and labour to repair their pothole-ridden roads in Bangalore.