With the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) elections round the corner, youngsters have high hopes. Enthusiastic that they are about being able to cast their vote for the first time, the expectations they have from the candidates of their choice are plenty.
From better sanitary facilities to improved security measures, their demands are many. Ask them about the kind of candidate they would prefer, “someone who can relate to youngsters”, is the common answer.
Deccan Herald spoke to a few first-time voters and this is what they had to say.
Quick disposal of garbage, proper roads, maintenance of footpaths and public toilets, and regular water supply in all places are the issues that need to be addressed.
Keerthi (20), student, Mount Carmel College
Remove unwanted humps that cause inconvenience to commuters. Also, the candidate must look into encroachment of stormwater drains.
Sachith D’Souza (22), student, GMIT Engineering College
Candidates should keep their promises. Sanitation facilities must be improved. Late-night bars in residential areas must be shut down to help improve safety.
Namratha (21), student, Mount Carmel College
Installation of bus shelters has to be looked into. Connectivity to the Metro and other transport facilities have to be improved.
Pradeep (24), student, Indo-Asian Academy
Garbage is one issue that needs to be addressed. Protection of parks and having more trees planted must be one of the primary things on the candidate’s list.
Elwin Prashanth (19), student, Acharya Institute of Technology
Garbage should be cleared regularly. It must be ensured that there is no water stagnation. With this, diseases can be avoided. Public toilets should be better maintained.
Michael (23), employee, Wings Company
The candidate must approach things in a positive manner. Measures should be taken to control traffic. The condition of people living in slums should be improved.
Naveen (20), student, St Aloysius College
Regular supply of drinking water, improved roads and more greenery should be the focus. Traffic woes must be addressed with better roads.
Betsy George (20), student, Mount Carmel College