Residents set deadlines for corporators to fix issues

Residents have waited long to get civic issues in their localities addressed. Now that the elections are completed and the new corporators have been elected, Resident Welfare Associations are gearing up to meet the newly elected representatives and get their problems resolved.

While the citizens are accommodative of the corporators and want to give them time to settle, they also have worked out deadlines for each of the problems in their ward.

Several of these RWAs had taken part in Deccan Herald's 'Citizens for Change' campaign. While representatives of some of the associations have already met their corporators, others will be meeting this week. There are two common civic issues across the city which the public wants solved at the earliest: Garbage collection and disposal and potholes on roads. 

Meet on Sunday

The residents of Madhavnagar are all set to meet their corporator from Vasanthnagar ward Sampath Kumar (BJP) on August 30 (Sunday) itself. However, they are not expecting him to jump into the job right away. They would give him a fortnight's time to settle down. “Let him get to know his officials. After a fortnight, we will ask him to bring along the officials to the ward. Once this period is over, we expect him to work towards solving our grievances,” said KG Raghavan, president of Madhavnagar Residents' Welfare Association.

Apart from garbage clearance and maintenance ofroads which they want the corporator to focus on immediately, security is a top priority for them. “There is a park in the locality which is encroached by petty shops. This place has become a hub for all kinds of nefarious activities. Women complain that they do not feel safe to walk here at night,” he said.

Hidayatullah Khan, president of HBR Layout Residents’ Welfare Association, plans to organise a meet of officials, residents and elected representatives next month.

Memorandum


“It will be a single platform where we can meet everybody at once. We plan to give a memorandum to the elected representatives and the officials at the meeting, where we will also felicitate the winner in the election (P Anand of the Congress party). Subsequently, we will hold smaller meetings,” Khan said.

Garbage opposite school

The garbage dump opposite Cambridge School is a persistent problem for residents of New Thippasandra ward.

“We have a number of issues to present to the corporator. Garbage dumping opposite the Cambridge School should be stopped at once and commercial parking in residential areas has to stop,” said Mina Prabha of Residents Welfare Association, New Thippasandra.

The residents would meet the corporator within the first month. They have given their list of problems to the corporator. Regular sweeping of roads, asphalting of roads, illegal occupation of plots, stray dogs and cattle menace are some of their concerns.

Bar near church

A prominent civic issue in Attiguppe ward is that of a bar located right opposite a church here. Not just this, one corner of the bar has been conveniently turned into a urinal making the stench unbearable. Attiguppe Residents’ Welfare Association president Lakshman said this was the first and most important issue they want their corporator to tackle. “I will be meeting him soon to get this problem particular problem addressed. The corporator has said he plans to meet everyone at their doorstep to get to know their problems.”

Horamavu underpass

Even though he has not had an opportunity to meet the corporator Radhamma (Congress), who will represent Horamavu ward, yet, Aravind E of Vivekananda Layout Residents’ Welfare Association would meet her soon. What they want her to take up immediately are works linked to the Horamavu underpass.

That apart, TC Palya road needs to be widened. “Rest of the issues such as Cauvery water connection will take some time,” Aravind said.

Old sanitation pipes need replacement in Kempegowda ward (corporator Chandramma, BJP). Hari Channakeshava, a resident, said old BWSSB drainage pipes, sewage lines and water pipes were a problem. The residents also need measures to check diseases like chikungunya and dengue. They have sought fogging to avoid spread of diseases.

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