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BBMP services severely hit as workers’ strike continues

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Making an effort: A BBMP gang man trying to clear the garbage stuck near the bridge at the intersection of Mysore Road and Ring Road, in Bangalore on Friday.
Making an effort: A BBMP gang man trying to clear the garbage stuck near the bridge at the intersection of Mysore Road and Ring Road, in Bangalore on Friday.

Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: The four-day-old strike by municipal workers of the newly added zones of the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has begun to take its toll on BBMP services. Water supply is disrupted, solid waste disposal is in disarray and the works related to storm water drains and daily cleaning works in the area have been left unattended.

As it is the bridge on Mysore Road near its intersection with the ring road was in a very bad shape, and the strike only worsened it. Heaps of industrial and domestic wastes are stuck at the bridge. During rain, the drain water overflows, creating a bottleneck on the busy Mysore road.

On Friday, some gang men engaged by the BBMP were seen making an effort to clear the drain with bamboo sticks. Cranes or any other mechanised devices were nowhere to be seen.

BBMP Commissioner S. Subramanya directed the Joint Commissioner to engage gang men temporarily to tackle the situation. He also asked the Joint Commissioner (Administration and HR) to transfer at least 10 employees each to all the newly added zones. He wanted a hundred gang men to be posted in all the newly added zones.

Mr. Subramanya also initiated disciplinary action against officials and BBMP employees guilty of dereliction of duty. Besides, he urged city Police Commissioner N. Achuta Rao to provide police personnel to give protection to employees and officials not participating in the strike.

On Friday, the commissioner inspected the Byatarayanapura zonal office. He inspected the storm water drain between Badrappa Layout and Balaji Layout. As the repair works and desilting works were carried out, there were no problems following the heavy rain. The desilting work of the storm water drain near RMC Yard of Yeshwanthapur was taken up under Package III. The commissioner also inspected the Hebbal Valley area, Kariyanna Layout, HBR Layout, Arkavathy Layout and SGP Plant of BWSSB area and supervised the works under progress.

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