Sarakki signal: Residents protest for better footpaths

Sarakki signal: Residents protest for better footpaths

Volunteers of the Kanakapura Road Apartments Movement of Change protest on Saturday. DH PHOTO/ RANJU P

Hundreds of residents from apartments around Sarakki signal and Kanakapura Road staged a protest on Saturday against the lack of basic civic amenities like proper pavements and footpaths. 

They came together under the umbrella of KARAMOC (Kanakapura Road Apartments Movement of Change). 

The residents formed a human chain, demanding that issues such as lack of footpaths, two-wheeler parking along footpaths and lack of pedestrian crossing in their area be addressed. They want the civic authorities to install bollards along the footpaths as it has been indiscriminately used by two-wheelers, making it difficult for pedestrians to walk. They want the broken footpaths to be repaired as well as encroachments to be cleared.  

The protesters also highlighted the lack of pedestrian crossing at the Sarakki signal, with just 10 seconds to cross the road. They also demanded that pelican signals be installed.

Dumping of garbage on the roads and open spaces was another issue they wanted to highlight. Marshals must be deployed to check this menace and defaulters should be penalised, they said. 

TV actor Sudha Belawadi, who is a resident of the area, participated in the protest.