Siddu convoy leaves DJ Halli residents high and dry

CM visit led to traffic jams, he didn't listen to our woes: Residents

Siddu convoy leaves DJ Halli residents high and dry

 Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s visit left residents of DJ Halli and Tannery Road high and dry on Sunday.

His first stop on the eastern part of the city was the MM Road (Rao Bahadur BP Annaswamy) dispensary. The 106-year-old dispensary is in dire need of renovation. It is located right next to the office of former corporator Akhanda Srinivasa Murthy.

“What is the point in passing by in a convoy and causing traffic jams when he does not even stop to listen to our problems?,” asked A  Parvathi, a teacher. 

“This is the first time that I have seen this road so clean. Usually, the drains overflow and there is garbage and slush,” she said. Many a time, drinking water mixes with sewage,” she said.

“Thankfully, it has not rained now,” said a staffer at the dispensary, “Or one would not be able to stand here. The roof leaks so badly that we have to cover the medicines with a plastic sheet and run for cover,” she said.

The chief minister promised the construction of a new referral hospital in the area, while protecting the dispensary as a heritage structure.

A few other residents who waited some metres away from where the Siddaramaiah’s convoy stopped were disappointed as they could not speak to him.

“For the last one year, we have been trying to get the authorities to fix the drainage. But nothing has been done. A broken drainage pipe leaks. Our children often get sick as they play outside. Who will listen to our problems?” asked Meena, a housewife.

The chief minister’s convoy caused traffic jams at Kammanahalli flyover, near Hebbal and other places, though it was a Sunday.


The CM has asked BBMP to prepare an estimate to build an underpass and an extra loop on the Kammanahalli flyover.

BWSSB was instructed to provide drinking water and clear drainage problems in KHB flats in Lingarajapuram.

CM suggested to rope in experts for developing 53 acres of what used to be Kacharakanahalli lake. A few temples and a government school have came up on the land. Since the lake is dead now, the land may be used to construct a park.

As many as 157 HIV-infected persons were given title deeds for houses constructed in Giddenahalli village.

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