Neighbourhood Watch: Kakaninagar stands out as an example in promoting social activity
For well-knit organising structure utilising various sections of the colony and promoting social activity as well as individual achievements Kakaninagar stands out as an example. A little away from the Highway as soon as one crosses the bridge across the railway track at NAD, the well constructed buildings tucked away in by lanes open up even as new apartments are taking shape.
Apart from Kakaningar Residents Welfare Association, it has the colonies in and around working together and also formed a senior citizens and women’s wing to better organise various events.
Though young - formed in 2003 - it is quick to have a structure that manages the colony’s civic needs, coordinates with the municipal authorities and police and addresses security concerns as well. The city police have stationed D-Colts booth at a street-corner.
To cut the time lost in reporting at the ward office and going back, the sanitation workers are asked to come directly to the association in the morning and six of them collect garbage from doorsteps and the others are deployed for the other work like cleaning drains. Every fortnight, anti-mosquito chemicals are sprayed and at regular intervals shrubs in vacant sites are cleared. “All this effort has not gone waste. For three years the colony has received award for best sanitation from GVMC,” association president G. Jaganmohana Rao says proudly. Streetlights function without any problem and high-mast lights are also installed. The colony has plaques with door numbers at every corner.
Mr. Rao, former senior security officer in BHPV, has been living in the area since 1970s and the number of houses has gone up from 400 to1,500 houses. Only the road from the National Highway was a BT road and the internal roads were mud roads. Now by constantly pursuing the issue around 5 km of internal roads have been laid.
With around 30 of the residents/relatives abroad and support from a total of 50, August 15, January 26, Ugadi, Teachers’ Day, Children’s Day and International Women’s Day are celebrated. Residents of the nearby colonies like Vimannagar, Kanakamahalakshminagar, Vinodnagar are also involved. It has Siva and Vaikuntha Venkateswara temples, church and a mosque across the road.
Every two, three streets are clubbed to form a cluster and committees formed to employ security guards and pay them. Around 100 members formed Retired Employees’ Association two years ago and meet every three months. They generally oversee conduct of various activities, says Madhavan Pillai, ex-serviceman and former treasurer of the association. A Helpline is also formed with five, six senior citizens to help those requiring medical assistance. The association gives two awards each to those topping Class X in state, CBSE and ICSE syllabi and EAMCET. It also introduced Pratiba Puraskarams to honour individuals who made it by sheer hard work. A deputy executive engineer of Electricity Pilla Rambabu and principal of Saraswati Vidya Kendra S. Srinivasa Rao who obtained a Ph.D on “Child labour in the city” were honoured during the last two years.
Last month a medical camp was organised in association with Sankar Foundation Eye Hospital where spectacles were provided to 30 needy persons.