Citizens slam Palike bosses at grievance meet

Janaspandana programme to become a fortnightly feature henceforth

Problems galore were put forth at the ‘Sammukha’ or ‘Janaspandana’ programme organised at Malleswaram jointly by BBMP and local MLA Ashwathnarayana.

The three-hour programme brought to focus a whole lot of civic issues and problems relating to public transport and law and order. Though well attended, it was not managed efficiently. The programme, henceforth, will be held every 15 days in co-ordination with other civic agencies.

The event left the legislator annoyed as some of the residents vented their anger at the Palike, claiming that they had been at the receiving end of the civic body. Others raised slogans to air their grievances. The Mayor, however, quietly listened to the people’s woes.
At the micro level, issues pertaining to irregular water supply and construction of footpaths were discussed.

Dr Jagannath, member of the Sankey Park Walkers’ Association, said a road connecting the western and northern part of Sankey tank was needed. “The tank bund height was raised. But there is no road connecting the two ends of the tank. BBMP should make provisions for connecting the two ends with a foot overbridge,” said Jagannath, who also raised the issue of widening the Sankey Tank Road.

Officials of the lake development department of BBMP said despite calling for tenders for the foot overbridge project four times, they were unable to get any contractors.

Muniyappa, a resident of Rajajinagar, said drainage water had flooded his house. Srinivas, also a resident of Rajajinagar, said sewage was getting mixed with Cauvery drinking water. He requested BWSSB to address the issue.

At the macro level, residents complained of persistent delay in the completion of the CNR Rao Junction underpass and widening of Sankey Road. While some officials provided concrete answers, others gave vague replies.

BBMP Superintendant Engineer, K T Nagaraj, said the Palike was all set to throw the CNR Rao underpass open for one-way traffic. The service road will also be thrown open. He attributed the delay to the inexperience of a stakeholder in the joint venture firm that is executing the project.

“Following the BBMP council resolution, we have removed the minority stakeholder, Madhava Hytech, from the project. The underpass will now be constructed by the majority stakeholder, ECCI,” Nagaraj said.

BBMP Engineer-in-Chief, B T Ramesh, said two buildings at the corner on the service road next to Yeshwantpur flyover would be demolished next week to make way for a wider service lane. On the traffic chaos in Subedarpalya, he said the only solution was widening the road.

Police laxity

A Mathikere resident alleged that the Sanjaynagar police were lax in providing security on the 6th and 7th cross roads in the area. The resident alleged that the police were in collusion with miscreants, mostly students from M S Ramaiah College, who came to the area to create ruckus. ACP Hanumanthappa said the matter would be addressed.

The traffic police, who were also present at the programme, promised that they would hold public meetings of their own to address issues related to their department.

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