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As deadline approaches, residents rush to get water and sewerage connections

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BBMP had given a one-month deadline before it takes up comprehensive development of roads

Residents of 11 villages of Horamavu and Ramamurthinagara are in a rush to get individual drinking water and sewerage connections. Never mind the fact that Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) is yet to complete the work of laying pipelines.

The reason for the hurry is the fact that the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) is set to take up comprehensive development of roads in the area and had given residents a one-month deadline to obtain connections. The civic body, which had issued a public notification, has also threatened to initiate criminal action against residents if they cut or dig roads for the purpose of getting individual connections.

The BWSSB has been laying water and sewerage pipelines in 110 villages that come under the five outer zones in the city. The work is under progress in 11 villages of Horamavu (ward 25) and Ramamurthinagara (ward 26) – Horamavu, Horamavu Agara, Babusapalya, Challakere, Geddalahalli, Kothanuru, K. Narayanapura, Nagareshwara Nagenahalli, Kyalasanahalli, Kalkere, K. Channasandra and other surrounding villages and layouts coming under the Horamavu sub-division of K.R. Puram division in Mahadevapura zone of the BBMP.

According to a resident of Babusapalya, many have begun applying for connections. “The deadline for completing the sewerage pipeline is 2023 and for drinking water is 2021, as per the BWSSB. It does not make sense to take sewerage connections when the pipeline work is yet to be taken up on many stretches,” he said.

Padmanabhaiah Velluru, general secretary of Sri Kanakagiri Nivasigala Kshemabhivriddhi Sangha, said they had apprised both the BBMP and BWSSB of their predicament. “But, we were told categorically that there was no other option but to apply for the connections. Since no clear information is forthcoming, the residents' welfare associations have taken the initiative to create awareness among residents of the different localities,” he said.

In many localities, plumbers claiming to be licenced by the BWSSB have been distributing pamphlets, giving out information on documents to be submitted while applying for new connections. “There are very few BWSSB licenced plumbers. We have no way of checking the veracity of the claims made by those distributing pamphlets,” said another resident of Babusapalya.

BWSSB chairperson Tushar Girinath admitted that the number of licenced plumbers is less. He said the water utility was ready to register plumbers and issue licences to them. He also said local engineers had been directed to ensure that residents are not fleeced.

Admitting that the work of laying pipelines is far from complete, he said the residents should apply for both water and sewerage connections. When asked if tapping points could be created at regular intervals on either side of the roads from where individual connections could be drawn at a later point, he responded in the negative and said it is not possible. He also said the issue would be discussed in the coordination committee meeting chaired by Chief Secretary T.M. Vijay Bhaskar.

BBMP Commissioner B.H. Anil Kumar said the water utility should ideally be laying both the water and sanitary lines at the same time, instead of having two different deadlines. “That apart, nothing prevents citizens from applying and getting individual connections,” he said.

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