Public Works Dept quarters on the brink of collapse

Public Works Dept quarters on the brink of collapse

Broken doors, ceilings leaking like sieve, cracked walls of the dilapidated PWD quarters in the city stands for efficiency or lack of it among the engineers of the Public Works Department.

The residents of 62 houses in the quarters allege that they have been experiencing all the inconveniences that the tenants of private buildings.

The walls are cracked, rainwater seep through the ceilings and they get nasty shocks when the rainwater gushes into the switchboards on the walls.

The compound has collapsed, and the miscreants who have free entry to the quarters, have stollen the taps and other articles. Their repeated complaints, submitted several times over the past five-six years, have fallen on the deaf ears of the engineers, who curtly reply: “Quit, if you can’t stay.”

H M Ramachandra and Shankarayya, residents, said they had submitted a memorandum in 2007, seeking the PWD engineers to repair the building at the earliest. However, the engineers have taken any steps and the condition has worsened over the years. The residents fear that the building may collapse at any point of time.

The residents have been struggling to make the premises inhabitable, by building a temporary compound wall and taking up small repair works that they could afford.
Ramachandra said the engineers who began the repair work on ceiling in some parts of
the building, have left the work incomplete.

The ceilings which have been standing on the support of wooden pillars, may collapse soon.

Saraswatamma, another resident said, water supply has been disconnected on the pretext of building a overhead tank. Now, the residents are forced to purchase water from the tankers, saud Chandrashekhar,, another resident.

Narayanaswamy said substandard work has gone into the construction of the building.
But, the PWD has not remained apathetic to all. Engineers and officers of the department live in luxurious buildings and condition of the houses in which the department employees stay, are also in better condition. But they remain insensitive to the underprivileged occupants, the residents alleged.

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