Dasarahalli hopes polls will put an end to woes

Dasarahalli hopes polls will put an end to woes

Water scarcity, garbage management, drainage and lack of roads and footpaths are major issues in the Dasarahalli Assembly constituency in northern Bengaluru.

The Dasarahalli constituency is an industrial suburb, which includes Peenya Industrial Area, said to be Asia’s largest. The constituency also includes a few residential areas. There are eight wards in the Dasarahalli Assembly segment — Mallasandra, Bagalagunte, T Dasarahalli, Chokkasandra, Hegganahalli, Shettihalli, Peenya Industrial Area and Rajagopalanagar.

“We have been facing a water crisis for the past five years. There is no Cauvery water supply in our area. During summer, we depend on tankers, who charge us huge sums. Though authorities had laid water pipes recently, they have not been connected,” said Govinda Raj, a member of MHR Layout Welfare Association in Bagalagunte.

Vivek Krishnamurthy, a resident of Mallasandra, said, “There is no proper garbage disposal facility in the area. Trash is dumped on the roads and the authorities don’t clear it. Despite repeated complaints to the MLA, there is no end to burning of garbage in many places in and around Dasarahalli .”

In most residential areas like Kirloskar Layout, AGB Layout, MHR Layout, MEI Layout and Chokkasandra, roads that were dug up for laying water pipes have not been repaired, complain residents.

The Dasarahalli constituency was formed during the 2008 delimitation exercise and went to polls in 2008. S Muniraju from the BJP defeated the Congress candidates in the 2008 and 2013 elections and is aiming for a hat-trick in this Assembly election.

“In the past 10 years, I have taken up development work like underground drains in Dasarahalli. There is water shortage in the area, but I have fulfilled their demand by taking up work on the Cauvery water supply,” Muniraju said.

Congress candidate P N Krishnamurthy said, “People are not happy with the present MLA since he is involved in corruption and there is a rise in crime in the area.”

JD(S) candidate R Manjunath also echoes these views about the sitting MLA.