But they also offer solutions to issues they face every day

Even as the city grapples with the new segregation rules and requirements, residents welfare associations in Indiranagar and Domlur organised an interaction with Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Joint Commissioner (East) K.S. Venkateshappa here on Monday. While some aired their grievances ranging from garbage collection to ill-maintained roads, others offered solutions to the civic issues that they, and the city, face every day.

As many as 58 complaints were handed over to the BBMP officials. These, compiled by the associations, included improper street lighting, water supply issues and broken signboards, apart from issues with garbage disposal.

N. Murthy, senior member of Civic Community and Cultural Association here, said: “In many lanes, the drains are unclean. Also, the manhole covers in many roads are missing.”

Resident welfare association chief coordinator and a former Chief Secretary and Advisor to the Chief Minister, A. Ravindra, observed that the city is besieged by the garbage crisis.

Poor awareness

The meeting also discussed lack of proper footpaths and poor awareness levels on the segregation drive.

Speaking on behalf of the Domlur Welfare Association, senior member Venkatalakshmamma spoke about the poorly maintained underpass near the Domlur Post Office. This had led to its disuse more than a decade ago. She also requested the BBMP to look into the matter of signboards that had fallen off, on which the government is believed to have invested Rs. 10 lakh.

Responding to the grievances, BBMP Joint Commissioner H.S. Venkateshappa promised to attend to the minor problems raised with “some quality solutions”. “The mindset of the officials must change and every problem — whether big or small — should be considered serious and important,” Mr. Venkateshappa said.

The official also proposed that monthly ward-level meetings be held to evaluate BBMP’s response as well as to receive opinions from citizens on such issues.

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