Residents of Kariyanna Layout have been bearing with the foul smell emanating from the stagnated sewage water collected in the drains for a long time now.
They are only hoping that the new drainage chamber being constructed in the area will bring respite to them.
The absence of the drainage chamber all these days had made the residents’ lives miserable.
Residents complain that the entire layout turns into a virtual cesspool when the drainage water from the ‘rajakaluve,’ near the Hebbal Sewage Treatment Plant, overflows, due to which there are a lot of other problems such as the mosquito menace.
According to Shashidhar B V, one of the residents, the situation in the layout wasn’t like this earlier. He said: “The sewage water from the homes used to go to the two rajakaluves in the neighbouring areas, i.e. Kempapura and Guddadahalli (Hebbal).
Due to some reasons, they were closed and were filled with mud. Since then, water stagnates here. We just hope, the connections to the chamber are given at the earliest as we already have undergone a lot of problems.”
The Bangalore Water Supply Sewerage Board (BWSSB) took up construction of the drainage chamber on the Hebbal Ring Road, adjacent to the layout, six months ago. But residents feel that it won’t be of much use, unless it is made operational and sanitary pipeline connections are given to the homes.
“We are afraid that there might be an outbreak of epidemic diseases, especially during the rainy season, due to the stagnated sewage water. I hope the authorities take necessary action soon,” said Parvathi R, one of the vendors in the area.
The ‘rajakaluve’ near the STP that was supposed to collect only rainwater is also stinking, due to the flow of sewage water coming from RT Nagar, Dinnur, Hebbal and other far-flung areas. According to BWSSB officials, once the drainage chamber is completed and sanitary connections are given, the sewage water from homes will collect in the chamber and flow to the STP for treatment.
“The construction of the drainage chamber is 90 per cent complete. In three days time, around 300 homes of this layout will be given sanitary pipeline connections,” Gangadhar, Assistant Executive Engineer (BWSSB), told Deccan Herald.