HBR Layout residents furious over delimitation of wards

First block misplaced: R separating the names of two layouts is causing a lot of confusion


The latest objection letter was dispatched on June 29, well before the deadline for filing of objections was called for by the urban development department. The HBR Residents Layout Welfare Association had sent copies to the Deputy Commissioner, Bangalore Urban and the Joint Commissioner, East Zone. 

HBR Association president Sridhar points out that the root cause of unhappiness is the nomenclature HBR and the confusion it causes with another layout by name HRBR. “During the delimitation of wards, the Urban Development Department has left out first block of HBR Layout. Instead, the name HRBR layout figures in its place. The ‘R’ separating the two layouts is causing a lot of confusion.”

“Ward no 24 has been designated as HBR Layout. Only HBR Layout Second Block, Third Block, Fourth  Block and Fifth Block figure in it and the First Block does not find place,” says General Secretary, Anees Ahmed.

Though it might seem a trivial error now, it may create a lot of problems when the residents have to deal with the government on different issues, Sridhar adds. Spelling further confusion is the fact that HBR Second Block and Third Block have also been listed under the Kacharkanahalli ward (Ward no 29), association members said. “It is under this ward that the HRBR Second and Third Blocks need to figure,” they point out.

The correct contours of HBR Layout needs to include these areas, states the letter submitted by the Association: Byraveshawar Layout, Choudappa Layout, Hennuru, Punappa Layout, Kushal Nagar, HBR Layout Ist Block, HBR Layout Ist, IInd, IIIrd, IVth and Vth Blocks, Nanjappa Layout, Chennaiah Layout.

In a previous letter submitted to the Joint Commissioner, BBMP Byatarayanapura (September 17, 2008) and the Principal Secetary, Urban Development, the association had raised objections to the inclusion of Kacharakanahalli lake in the HBR ward.

Official response
Principal Secretary, Urban Development, Thangaraj assured that the errors relating to HBR Layout would be rectified. “It has to be checked if the problem is a clerical error. If that is the case, it could be set right immediately.”

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