Hygiene an alien concept, cleanliness a luxury here

It's a labyrinth of everyday sufferings for people in this poorly provided area

Hygiene an alien concept, cleanliness a luxury here

If there is one place in the city where hygiene has slumped to the abyss, it is Pulakeshinagar Assembly Constituency and the BBMP wards under its limits. Cleanliness is a luxury in a majority of the localities here and the absolute lack of civic infrastructure in several areas violates fundamental human rights.

Perhaps, the worse hit are DJ Halli and surrounding areas. Heaps of garbage greet the public in every corner of the street.

In some cases, the garbage piles up right at the door step of houses. Anwar Khan's house on Shivraj road in Munibyrappa Block near Old Madras Soap Factory, DJ Halli, best describes this scenario. A gutter runs right in front of the entrance of their house. In fact, to access the door one has to cross the gutter. To make matters worse, the gutter is filled with waste disposal of all sorts, choking water flow.

Pointing at hens pecking their way about through the pile of garbage, Khan said, “You have to come here when it rains. You will get to see the pathetic state of affairs.”

An obvious fallout of the unhygienic surrounding is the threat of diseases and infection.

Khan has four daughters and a son. He earns a living by selling eateries in a push cart. He used to work as a mason earlier. Struck by typhoid, dengue and frequent fevers in the past, he now cannot afford to exert himself on hard physical labour.

“My body does not support physical labour any more. Hence, I had to shift to selling eateries,” he said.

“Right as we speak, one of my daughters is resting at home as she is suffering from fever,” said Khan. His neighbours too complained that the children in the locality fell sick often.

Repeated complaints to the local political representatives has had no effect. It comes as no surprise that just the mention of BBMP triggers the residents' ire. They complained that they had not seen the corporators since the previous elections. The issue of uncleared garbage prevails in most wards in the constituency, barring a few tiny pockets of upper middle class neighbourhoods.

No Potable Water

In Ashoknagar (Kushalnagar ward), for the past fortnight residents have had no access to drinking water. “When it rains, the drinking water gets mixed with sewage water. We depend mostly on borewell water,” said Savithramma, a resident. Making things worse, drain water overflows into houses when it rains as the sanitation pipes are old and worn out, residents said.

Deadly Roads

In Sagaipuram and SK Garden, roads are a major issue. The road near Pillanna Grden (1 Phase, 12 Cross, 4 Main, Tannery Road), is notorious for accidents occuring almost on a daily basis. Sometimes there are multiple accidents in a day on this road, according to residents. Low hanging electric wires adds to the chaos and danger, said Mohammed Mujahid, a resident.

In SK Garden, residents opined that the approach road to the locality from Nandidurga Road and Pottery Town needed a makeover. Several roads within the locality have also been dug up over the past month and the works remain incomplete.

This apart, Sagaipuram also faces its share of huge garbage pile-ups. The heap of garbage in front of the Football Club has led to stray dog and mosquito menace.
‘Didn't get our due’

One of the better developed areas of Kavalbyrasandra ward is Sulthanpalya. However, here too, hygiene is a matter of concern. With several apartments in the locality, people pay big amounts as property taxes but are not getting their due, lamented Shankar Boti, president, Resident Welfare Association, Sulthanpalya.

“The contractor for garbage collection wants to quit as he had taken the contract for an under-quoted price. Hence the problem with garbage collection. Road-sweeping also does not happen regularly here,” he pointed out.

Traffic gets choked on the narrow Dinnur road, which has become a passage way for the North East part of the city. Further, even though bus connectivitty to this locality is good, the bus terminus of Sulthanpalya is simply a part of the road. “At a time, five or six buses will be waiting. We have been asking for a bus terminus here,” said Boti.

While water supply has been irregular, the storm water drain by the side of Sulthanpalya is another head ache for the residents.

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