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Water, street lights and mosquitoes dominate Janaspandana

Residents of Mahadevapura at the Janaspandana organised BBMP on Saturday.

Residents of Mahadevapura at the Janaspandana organised BBMP on Saturday.   | Photo Credit: Handout E Mail

Dy CM listens to grievances of residents of Mahadevapura

Over a three-hour-long session on Saturday, residents of Mahadevapura aired their grievances ranging from water problems and sewerage to poor garbage management and lack of road infrastructure at the Janaspandana presided over by Deputy Chief Minister and Bengaluru Development Minister G. Parameshwara.

Citing dengue cases in their neighbourhood, residents said that there were not enough fogging machines. They alleged that when they sought the help of civic officials, they were informed that areas could be fogged only once a year.

Dr. G. Parameshwara directed BMMP Commissioner N. Manjunath Prasad to immediately provide 10 fogging machines.

There were multiple complaints about the lack of street lights, which turned the spotlight on safety.

Mr. Prasad said that the civic body is in the process of replacing 5 lakh street lights with LED lights over the next two years. Responding to several complaints about the maintenance of street lights and stormwater drains, he asked citizens to call the contractors concerned and hold them accountable.

BWSSB under fire

The Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) came under severe criticism, not just from residents but also from councillors and MLAs. The agency was blamed for the pathetic condition of roads in the area, as it is laying water and sewerage lines.

Kemparamaiah, engineer-in-chief, BWSSB, said they had already paid the BBMP ₹84 crore for rebuilding roads.

Mr. Prasad said work could be taken up only after laying of water and sewerage lines is completed.

Dr. Parameshwara pulled up officials, especially a Bescom engineer, after residents complained of lack of response to repeated complaints about a high-tension wire sagging.

He promised to hold another Janaspandana in the area after four months to review all the 58 complaints raised by residents on Saturday.

Demand for a separate municipality

Whitefield Rising demanded implementation of the BBMP Restructuring Committee report and carving out of a separate municipality for Mahadevapura.

Anjali Saini, speaking on behalf of Whitefield Rising, said that Mahadevapura zone is 180 sq.km. but had only eight wards. “The very fact that the deputy chief minister is listening to problems of street lights and sewerage is testament to the fact that the zone is too large for the BBMP to administer. We are only seeking basic amenities,” she said.

Dr. G. Parameshwara said the BBMP Restructuring Committee had proposed dividing the city into five corporations. “The report is yet to be discussed in the cabinet. We don’t know whether we will be able to do it. But I promise to decentralise the administration and strengthen the hands of zonal joint commissioners,” he said.

‘Biggest concern is water scarcity’

Dr. Parameshwara took the opportunity to reiterate his stand on the water shortage in Bengaluru.

“We estimate the city will have a population of 3.2 crore by 2050. Where will we get water for that population? Every apartment complex has thousands of flats, many vehicles but no water or road infrastructure. How will we manage this?” he said, pitching for a moratorium on apartments for five years.

He appealed to citizens to conserve water and implement Rainwater Harvesting (RWH).

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