Here, water, garbage problems see no end

Although a small ward, Subrayapet has the distinction of having the largest number of temples. Basavanagudi, Vidyaganapathi Temple, Kalki Bhagavan Prayer Hall, Mahakali Temple are all famous for their own reasons. The Subrahmanyeshwara Temple is especially popular among people with vows.

The district registration office, mining and geology department, labour department and Khadi Gramodyog offices are to be found in Subrayapet ward. Industrialists from various fields as well as businessmen have built their houses in Subrayapet ward.

Despite their ward having all such special features, the residents of Subrayapet are not feeling any special. Surrounding them with greater power than such features are their problems.

Road problem
There is not one good road to be found in Subrayapet. When asked why, the residents have an answer: The underground drains were repaired recently, so naturally the roads are all in bad shape.

Many of the roads are lined with bungalows or multi-storeyed houses, but such wealth is not reflected on the quality of the street-tops. The residents are all too used to traversing roads with no asphalt. The old plan to convert small streets into cement roads is also yet to be implemented.

No water
Water is another big issue that troubles the area. Drinking water is provided to the area about once in three weeks. There are three borewells, but one is not functioning. The residents of the Subrayapet ward are therefore dependent on tankers for water supply.
The residents alleged that they were promised to be given water every alternate day, but the word has not been kept as yet.

“The representatives have an excuse ready for every question regarding provision of drinking water. They only keep saying that once the Jakkalamadugu project is completed, there will not be any water problem,” they complained.

The residents added that the elected representatives also ask the residents to wait until the underground drainage work is completed, to get proper water supply facility.

Stench in the air
Garbage in the ward too is not treated properly. Although the municipality has provided garbage bins in many places, the garbage is not cleared at regular intervals.
The waste in the bins overflowing on to the roads and being a haunt of street animals is a scary sight for the residents. Walking past such bins, giving of stench, is an adventure for them.

Official confusion
The old choultry in the Subrayapet ward houses about 11 families. There have been plans for some time to clear the houses, but there is still doubt on whether the plot of the choultry belongs to the City Municipal Council or the Taluk Panchayat.

Nor has anyone found any official document regarding the choultry.

 ‘Not enough funds’

Chikkaballapur, DHNS: C S Manjunath, who represents the ward, blamed personal rivalry and political hurdles as the reasons for the poor state of Subrayapet.

“We have planned out several projects to provide proper drains, to asphalt the main roads, to give a cement covering for the smaller roads and even to dig borewells in the ward. Efforts were even being taken to implement the projects. Currently, our major problem is lack of funds,” said Manjunath, adding there was discrepancy as well as injustice regarding funds released for the ward, “due to which we are unable to develop Subrayapet to the expected level.”

Speaking with Deccan Herald, Manjunath said he started development work like providing proper underground drains in the ward, using the Rs 10 lakh grant from the Chief Minister’s funds. “Later, however, the special funds released were given for only some of the wards and Subrayapet was deprived of grants,” he alleged.

Manjunath said the complaints given to the City Municipal Council president regarding the discrepancy have failed to elicit any response.

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