Staff Reporter

‘Civic body not paying attention

to footpaths, toilets’

BANGALORE: The Karnataka High Court on Saturday came down on the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) for its failure to maintain footpaths, construct public urinals and clear garbage scientifically.

A Division Bench, comprising Justice V. Gopala Gowda and Justice Ravi B. Malimath, asked the advocate for the BBMP why the civic agency had not taken up construction of public toilets.

The court remarked that when people completed their morning walk and exercises, there was no public urinal. The people, therefore, urinated on the compound walls of houses. Besides, the footpaths were uneven and the BBMP had not taken any care to set them right.

It said some pourakarmikas sweep garbage and debris into the drains and this clogs the system, leading to blockage and overflowing drains. Referring to the incident of six-year-old Abhishek falling into an overflowing drain, the Bench said till today the body had not been found.

It said several officials of the BBMP were provided with cars and other means of transport. Ask them to come out of their houses and interact with the people, the Bench told the BBMP advocate.

It also asked the Advocate-General Uday Holla to ensure that IAS officers were more responsive to grievances of the public.

Mr. Justice Gopala Gowda, who is also the executive chairman of the Karnataka State Legal Services Authority, said he had written to the Principal Secretary (Health) after he read news reports about a woman in Gulbarga giving birth to a baby in a toilet. He regretted that the official had so far not replied to the letter.