BBMP council passes resolution to provide power, water

The travails of Russell Market traders may soon be over. The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) council on Thursday passed a resolution to take steps to provide electricity and water connections to the market.

Undertaking

As per the resolution, the traders will first have to submit an undertaking to the BBMP that they will be responsible for any untoward incident and not the civic body.

Raising the issue, Opposition Leader M.K. Gunashekar pointed out that electricity and water supply was cut after the market was partially gutted in a major fire on February 25 last year. The traders had renovated the market themselves, which had been cleared by a class one contractor and Bangalore Electricity Supply Company.

“Does the BBMP have powers to cut off electricity and water supply? The traders are suffering, so are the visitors of the market. There is no water even for the public toilets there.” He said that upkeep of the markets was the responsibility of the BBMP, as specified in the Karnataka Municipal Corporations Act, 1976. “The fire was because the BBMP failed in its duty to maintain the market.”

The BBMP, which had made plans to reconstruct the market, issued a public notice when the traders took up repairs themselves. The public notice stated that the traders would be responsible for any untoward incident and not the BBMP.

Dire need

“Give bedpans to all the residents of my ward. I have been urging the BBMP to construct a public toilet in Kalasipalya for nearly three years now. Certain anti-social elements have brought down the toilet and converted it into a parking space, forcing the citizens to relieve themselves in public,” an anguished P. Dhanraj, Dharmarayaswamy Temple ward councillor, said. Brandishing a bedpan, he said he will be forced to conduct a mela to distribute it to citizens if the toilets are not constructed soon.

Several councillors supported his demand. Banashankari Temple ward councillor A.H. Basavaraju said the BBMP could take the help of Bangalore Metropolitan Task Force to take over the land and construct toilets.

BBMP Commissioner Siddaiah assured Mr. Dhanraj that the officials would ensure that the toilets are constructed within a fortnight.

Several councillors, including Chamarajpet councillor B.V. Ganesh and Moodalapalya councillor Shantakumari, sought to know why the city’s parks were not being maintained, and security personnel withdrawn from the BBMP’s educational institutions.

Mr. Siddaiah conceded that the park maintenance, until recently, was being taken up on an ad-hoc basis. The schedule of rates had not been revised and neither was the tender floated. About the security for schools and colleges, he said there was no budgetary provision for it. He, however, said the BBMP would float tenders both for park maintenance and security soon.


  • With no public toilets in ward, councillor threatens to hold mela to distribute bedpans

  • Commissioner Siddaiah promises to build toilets within a fortnight


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