Apartment residents’ posers leave politicians in a fix

Apartment residents on Sunday raised several issues with representatives of the three major parties in view of the upcoming elections.

Bengaluru Development Minister K J George, Malleswaram MLA C N Ashwath Narayan and JD(S) spokesperson Tanveer Ahmed had to fend off questions raised by 500-strong audience at a political debate organised by the Bangalore Apartments’ Federation.

Srikanth Narasimhan, General Secretary of Bangalore Apartment Federation, said the event had two aims — one, making the political class aware of the issues faced by the apartment residents, and the other, making the votes of every resident count during the election.

He said apartment residents were angry over the discriminatory tariffs on water, electricity as well as the shoddy services provided by the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board’s (BWSSB).

“The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) collects solid waste management and other taxes even though garbage is not collected from these places. Despite several requests, apartment residents are treated as bulk users and forced to pay commercial tariffs. We want this discrimination to end,” he said.

Responding to a question during the event, George said that waste management was a challenge and the solution might be in the plants that convert waste to energy or manure.

“In the coming years, the demand for power will also rise. We expect that there will be a demand for both dry and wet waste, reducing the dumping of garbage,” he said.

Both Ashwath Narayan and Tanveer Ahmed said they would take up the issue if their parties come to power.

Apartment residents, who have complained about being ignored by political leaders, also said that they were being harassed for mistakes committed by the builders.

The BAF also presented a memorandum that listed a range of demands from the removal of discriminatory tariffs to the provision of basic amenities and the implementation of “undiluted” RERA Act to protect the apartment buyers.

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