People's Problems

Violations galore in LBS Nagar

Several apartments are being constructed in LBS Nagar, near Old/ HAL Airport area in blatant violation of building byelaws of the BBMP. As per the building laws the sanction to apartments could be given only when the surrounding roads are more than 30 feet width. None of the roads in this locality, LBS Nagar, is more than 15 feet width. It is not known, how the BBMP accorded sanction to these apartments, especially in 6th Cross and 7th Cross of the 3rd Main of LBS Nagar.

When a resident of the area approached the BBMP authorities, they said they were helpless as the plans were sanctioned by different/planning section of the BBMP. The builders have dumped all the construction material, loose mud and debris on the stormwater drains, vacant sites and on roads which is hampering the free movement of vehicles and pedestrians. Due to these construction activities, the area has become highly polluted with dust. 

Apart from this, the builders are supposed to cover the construction area with polythene sheets to avoid the dust being spread around the area. Environmental hazards due to unhealthy sanitation habits of the workers adding more woes of the residents. Further, the construction workers are doing their job in a pathetic state. Safety gears such as hard hats, nets, safety belts, etc. have not been provided to the workers by any of the builders.

It is also surprising to see the heavy transport vehicles bringing the construction materials during the day time against the stipulation laid down by the traffic police. This proves the corruption is the rule of law as far as the builders and related authorities concerned.Roshan Rohit

Introduce shuttle services

The city bus plying on route number 29 D terminates its services through the Jakkur Main road servicing Surabhi Layout and Shivanahalli, the reason being work on construction of a railway bridge in Jakkur. One has to walk at least three km to get BMTC connectivity. This is causing a lot of untold hardships to local people.

It would be ideal if BMTC starts a periodic shuttle service between Shivanahalli phase-II on Jakkur Main Road to Yelahanka satellite bus stand via Shivanahalli, Surabhi Layout, Chikkbomsandra in Yelahanka New Town.

Ajay Kumar Ramanuja Shivanahalli, Yelahanka

Instal traffic signal

The Anjaneyanagara junction (Janatha Bazaar) on 100 Feet Ring Road in Banashankari 3rd stage has been witnessing heavy traffic. Elderly persons find it extremely difficult to cross the road and accidents have become a routine here. Same is the case at Kathriguppe water tank junction. The authorities concerned are requested to instal traffic signals or post traffic police to regulate movement of vehicles.A N  Yoganand

BMTC curtailing bus services 

Earlier, Kodichikkanahalli was connected to KR Market/KBS/ Shivajinagar through Bommanahalli with several buses. Even there were buses (AS5) on Jayadeva Hospital-Bilekahalli-Kodichikkanahalli-Bommanahalli-Silk Board-Jayadeva Hospital route. Gradually, the BMTC has withdrawn many of these services and now only one bus each to Shivajinagar and KBS are operated. When questioned, the BMTC officials cite poor collection for withdrawal of services.

One can see so many Volvo and ordinary buses on various routes like Route No. 171 etc., running with very less collection and the BMTC has not curtailed its services to these areas.

Hope the BMTC will immediately reintroduce at least two buses on route 343D (KR Market to Kodichikkanahalli). 

R Ramanathan Kodichikkanahalli

Extend City bus route

Residents of 24th Main End (JP Nagar 5th Phase,Puttenhalli) have to walk about a kilometer to catch a BMTC bus (up to 15th Cross,Nandini Hotel). Autorickshaws refuse for short distances. Therefore, BMTC route No.2 may  be extended upto 24th main end.  M Panduranga Rao,  412,  20th Cross, JP Nagar 5th Phase
BMTC buses skipping stops
The BMTC bus drivers are not stopping at the stipulated bus stands. Commuters travelling by Metro to reach Baiyyappanahalli miss the last Metro since buses passing through Tin Factory,  ITI, KR Puram, Hoskote do not stop at Baiyyappanahalli  metro station. Such passengers are compelled to take autos or private cabs which is unsafe. The BMTC drivers should be instructed to give stops at designated places.Antony

Cutout on electricity pole
New Year celebrations is long over but the electricity pole-size cutout of the MLA of KR Puram lies on the site, 200 metres from Ramamurthynagar police station on the main road. The cutout resting on electrical wires is a threat to people walking on the stretch. This life size cutout may fall any time. Politicians should make themselves popular through their service instead of  cutouts like these. It is time for BBMP and Bescom to remove cutout, and impose fine on the concerned for the nuisance.Girish Shama Rao, Ramamurthy Nagar

Poor complaint redress at KSRTC

It seems that the public is left helpless when it comes to getting their grievances addressed with KSRTC.  On January 25, 2014, at around 4:15 pm, I was in my car heading towards Banashankari and waiting at Konanakunte signal. The bus number was KA 42 F 157 heading towards Kalasipalyam could not wait for the signal to turn green and overtook my car, scratching the mirror. When I questioned the driver, he said I was not giving enough space to him and hence he decided to hit my car. At around 4:30 pm, I also observed that the same bus hit a motorbike near Hunsemara signal at Banashankari.  I complained at 080 44554422 at around 4:35. The staff who attended the call was not ready to take the complaint. He ended up giving another helpline number 7760990562 which according to him was of a manger.  When this number was dialled, the person who attended the call seemed to be equally non co-operative saying he was not responsible to take the complaint and gave another number 7760990560. When we dialled this number the person asked us to call again after 10 minutes so that he can provide the contact number of Kanakapura Bus Depot. When we called the same number after 10 minutes, the staff told that complaints will be entertained if a police complaint was lodged. We reached Banashankari TTMC to know the helpline number but staff curtly said, “Don’t know” and asked us to contact the Shantinagar Bus Depot. None of the staff  was aware of addressing commuter concerns. I later left hopes of dialling anymore customer care numbers as I realised that the persons who attended these calls just seem to pass the buck. Could the officials concerned take strict action against such reckless behaviour of the staff? Prasad Pai 

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