Whining street dogs cause for sleepless nights!

Residents of KuvempunagarR K Nagar complain on different issues

Whining street dogs cause for sleepless nights!

An increase in chain snatching cases even as the police are making all efforts to create awareness among women, transfer of cops who were earlier a part of ‘Mane Mane Police’, water woes related to Jamshedpur Utilities and Supply Company (JUSCO) Limited, whining stray dogs snatching sleep of the residents during night hours, stray cattle on the road causing inconvenience to road users, and most importantly roads without conducive footpaths.

These were some of the public grievances that were aired at an interactive session organised by the city police at Pandit Vidyavardhaka Sangha Nehru High School here on Sunday. The intention behind the programme was to enable the locals to record their complaints with officers, irrespective of departments present at the spot to answer the queries.

In his reply, police commissioner K L Sudheer said they were already introducing new police personnel to the households as part of ‘Mane mane...’ and Kuvempunagar police limits (where the programme was held) will also be covered in the coming days. He also brought it to the notice of the complainants that preventive measures were being taken to tackle chain snatching, with nearly 250 dedicated men on the job on a daily basis.

ACP (traffic) Shankare Gowda reiterated that they have been educating drivers of school vans, especially in the interest of students. K R traffic inspector Prabhakar Bharki said traffic offenders were being taken care of, by sending notices to their addresses. The constables deputed at junctions jot down the registration number of such vehicles, and work in tandem with the RTO to find out the address of such vehicle owners.

Commissioner of Mysore City Corporation (MCC) M R Ravi said they were aware of the fuss created by JUSCO and the blame taken by Vani Vilas Water Works (VVWW). A dedicated vigilance squad comprising officers of VVWW, Karnataka Urban Water Supply and Sewerage Board (KUW and SB) and other key departments has been constituted to monitor the works.

Replying about footpath encroachments, the officer said he has already instructed assistant commissioners of nine zones to initiate action against footpath encroachment, especially by roadside vendors. In the case of flex boards and other types of publicity materials, criminal cases have been filed to instil fear. He promised action against stray dog menace, as it was a sensitive issue  to deal with.

Earlier, Dr J G Vishwanathaiah a resident of ‘I’ Block in Ramakrishna Nagar brought to the notice of the police chief that cops they knew earlier as ‘Mane mane...’ were no more with the local station as they have been transferred. Basavanna of the same locality demanded for a separate police station.

A S R Rao of Kuvempunagar said the footpaths were not pedestrian friendly. As a result, pedestrians are forced to tread on roads becoming easy prey to chain-snatchers. He bemoaned about flex boards and hoardings making a comeback, thus marring the beauty of the city.

Bhojappa, also of Kuvempunagar, complained about uncleared lamp posts on the footpaths of Paduvana road, while Sudha Ramesh, retired principal of Maharani’s Women’s College, had a strange complaint. “Every evening between 4.20 and 4.40 I can smell something burning, during my walk in the park. But, I don’t know from where it’s emerging”, said Sudha Ramesh. Besides, stray dogs whine in the night disturbing senior citizens in sleep.

Medical education and district in-charge minister S A Ramdas, DCPs Basavaraj Malagaththi (law and order), K P Bheemaiah (crime and traffic), ACP (KR sub-division) A N Prakash Gowda, corporators K V Mallesh and K Ramesh and others were present.

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