They plan to submit memorandum to Minister seeking protection

Following the assault of an assistant engineer of the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) and three other workers by a group of miscreants in Kempegowda Nagar on Wednesday, members of the Bangalore Jalamandali Abhiyantarara Sangha will stage a protest in front of Cauvery Bhavan on Friday by wearing black badges.

The engineers, who are upset with such assaults year after year, said they will submit a memorandum to BWSSB Minister S. Suresh Kumar and Chairperson Gaurav Gupta demanding protection and moral support.

Assistant Engineer A. Nagaraj, valve man Muddaiah, and two other workers were manhandled allegedly by Mahesh and his associates when the BWSSB staff were replacing water and sanitary pipes at Kempegowda Nagar.

The suspects, BWSSB officials said, were against the replacement of the pipes as they claimed it could result in water contamination. A police complaint has been lodged at the Kempegowda Police station, the officials said.

‘Scarcity for years'

Meanwhile, residents of Mahalakshmipuram, led by their legislator N.L. Narendra Babu, took out a jatha from Nandini Layout to Cauvery Bhavan protesting against water shortage.

“We have been facing water scarcity for years. Neither the BWSSB nor the State Government are doing anything for us,” lamented Bharthi Shankar, one of the protesters.

The protesters, mostly women, later shifted their demonstration from Cauvery Bhavan to Freedom Park and refused to budge till the BWSSB Chairperson met them.

Mr. Gupta, who met them later in the evening, assured them that a meeting would be convened soon to sort out their problem.

  • They will wear black badges today

  • Jatha taken out against water shortage