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It is the duty of the citizens to do so, says expert committee

BANGALORE: Captain Raja Rao and R. Jaiprasad, members of the expert committee constituted by the Karnataka High Court to look into the state of roads in Bangalore, on Saturday said they would write to the State Government seeking a rebate in property tax to house owners who maintain the frontage.

The committee, which convened a meeting of residents' associations to take their feedback on road upgrading, explained to the citizens the importance of maintaining the frontage of their property.

"Such a system is followed in western countries. After the civic body constructs the road and drains, it is the duty of the occupant to maintain the front portion of his house. We will write to the Government to amend the rules and give a rebate in property tax as an incentive in return," Capt. Rao said.

Dumping of waste

Asking the residents to specify their role in monitoring the quality of roads, Capt. Rao urged citizens not to dump waste in drains.

"In our fourth report, we will recommend to the High Court to ensure there is coordination between the Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BMP) and the police during road upgrading. Rainwater recharging units should be set up at every second or third traffic junction to recharge groundwater," he said.

Mr. Jaiprasad wanted the citizens to adopt a road or a pavement for maintenance.

"This will not only ensure that your road and pavement is in good condition but also reduce corruption and the break the nexus among contractors, corporators and officials. We can ask the BMP to reimburse the expenses," he said.

"Do you want all open drains to be covered? If they are covered, desilting and cleaning will be difficult. If not, the open drains will get choked and overflow causing damage to roads. They will also become breeding spots for mosquitoes," Mr. Jaiprasad said.

On the lines of the police towing away vehicles parked in `no-parking' zones, the BMP can also have a system wherein construction material dumped indiscriminately on roads was lifted, he said.

Feedback

Capt. Rao and Mr. Jaiprasad asked citizens to give their feedback on these points so that they could be incorporated in the final report.

The committee can be contacted on phone 22975599.

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