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Post-Mahadevapura protest, govt. releases funds for development

Residents of Mahadevapura had staged a massive protest last month against the infrastructure problems in the area.

Residents of Mahadevapura had staged a massive protest last month against the infrastructure problems in the area.  

Arvind Limbavali tweets details of grants, asks citizens to help the taskforce; resident welfare association members welcome the move

It took a protest that saw participation of thousands of residents from Mahadevapura for elected representatives to address the infrastructure problems in the area.

Arvind Limbavali, MLA, on Tuesday took to Twitter to share the details of grants released by the government for the comprehensive development of Mahadevapura Assembly constituency, which includes Bellandur, Varthur, Whitefield, Hoodi, Kadugodi, and Doddanekundi.

He urged citizens to join hands with the Mahadevapura Taskforce to manage and volunteer development works in the constituency.

Welcoming the move, Jagadish Reddy of Varthur Rising, said the elected representatives were more approachable and cooperative after the protest. “It has taken a huge and successful protest to wake the elected representatives and officials from slumber. We are happy that some work is happening,” he said.

Many resident welfare association members pointed out that while this is a step in the right direction, much more needed to be done. “For instance, the ward committee meetings are not being held properly and they have still not been empowered,” a resident of Bellandur said.

‘Representatives silent’

Another citizen activist from Mahadevapura said that many times, the local body representatives have no say and were silent on development issues. “Councillors should ensure that ward committees are given power and responsibility,” he said.

Civic activist Kathyayini Chamaraj of CIVIC said that though the MLA making available public records and documents in public domain was a welcome move, the elected representatives also should devolve the duties to local councillors. “Even today, almost a year after ward committee meetings were made compulsory, we do not have information on whether they are taking place at the designated time and date. Notice of the meeting, agenda, minutes of the meeting and action taken are not uploaded and updated,” she said.

‘Is protest the only way to get problems solved?’

Residents in other parts of the city, who have to deal with poor roads and other civic problems, are questioning why agencies act only after a successful protest. Several citizens pointed out that when they lodge complaints through regular channels, elected representatives and officials from various government agencies do not always respond.

Ramakrishna Reddy of Haralur-Somasundarapalya Residents’ Association said that it was unfortunate that they had to organise a march to get their demands fulfilled. Taking a cue from the Mahadevapura protest, residents of Haralur, Somasundarapalya, Singasandra, and HSR Layout wards have planned to take out a Fight4Right march on November 16.

“Should people always protest to get work done? Is it not the duty and responsibility of the elected representatives and government officials to work for the betterment of the people?” he said.

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