People's problems

People's problems

People's problems

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Letters of grievances are pouring in and we are doing our best to accommodate as many as possible. Readers may write in to highlight civic problems affecting their locality and we will help address them in an interactive and effective manner.

Grievances and issues related to public utility agencies such as Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB), Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) and Bangalore Electricity Supply Company Limited (Bescom) would be highlighted in the weekly column.

The writeups, which could be accompanied by photographs highlighting the problems, will be published on Mondays.

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Clear concrete slabs

The concrete slabs covering the drain were replaced with new slabs more than two years ago on 2nd Cross, Nanjarasappa Layout, Nagarbhavi Road. The old slabs have been piled up on either side of a narrow road and have still not been cleared. Residents too pile up garbage on the side of the road.
N S Bhawani Shankar

Chaotic traffic on Marathahalli ORR

The service roads along the Marathahalli Outer Ring Road — from KR Puram flyover to Kadubeesanahalli, Bellandur flyover and beyond — are in a pitiable state, and in some parts, almost unmotorable.

Add to this, there are unregulated and poorly designed entry and exit points from the Outer Ring Road. With the monsoon to start soon, we will be stuck as badly as last December, after the unseasonal rains.

Though the traffic police try to regulate stoppage of buses at many places, it appears they are turning a blind eye to illegal and unauthorised stoppage and parking by large private buses (near Marathahalli bridge and opposite the Innovative Multiplex), causing delays and jams on most days of the week.

While white lane markings on the ORR guide motorists, police are unable to channel the drivers near KR Puram. I request the BBMP and the traffic police to look into this issue which affects thousands of people.
Nagesh Ramamurthy, CV Raman Nagar

Dangerous traffic in Fraser Town

Young drivers move at breakneck speed on Standage Road, Fraser Town, between Bourdillon Road and Mosque Road, endangering life and property.

The jurisdictional traffic police inspector cites shortage of manpower for the mess. The Assistant Commissioner of Police (Traffic) East) promised help. Now he says we need to approach the higher-ups. Where the buck stops, we do not know.

The so-called model road, Mosque Road, is in a shambles. We appeal to the Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic) and the DCP Traffic (East) to solve the problems before a tragedy befalls us.

Sunder MA                Standage Road

Jnanabharati rail station neglected

The Jnanabharati halt railway station located on the Bangalore University campus is in a state of neglect and needs immediate attention. The station is close to educational institutions like RVCE and IT companies located in the Global Village Tech Park. Namma Metro work is also under progress right opposite this railway station, with an extension line being prepared up to Kengeri. Now that the east-west corridor of Namma Metro has been opened, it is high time the railway authorities improved infrastructure at this railway station.

To better utilise the railway station and generate more revenue, the railways can upgrade the ticketing office at this station to UTS-cum-PRS counter.
Varun                                   Nagarabhavi 2nd Phase

White lines on National highways

Many sections of the National Highway between Bengaluru and Hosur are not marked with white lines, making it difficult for motorists to maintain lane discipline, especially at night.

The problem is worsened by the glare from the vehicles coming in the opposite direction, in the absence of any vegetation on the median.

Besides, the reflector paints at crucial points are blackened by soot, which makes driving really hazardous.

One would expect the NHAI to take care of these minimum needs of road users at the earliest.

Francis Xavier                       Muniga Layout, M S Nagar

BSNL immune to complaints

After Deccan Herald published my letter on BSNL’s pathetic service last week, I received several phone calls from many BSNL offices enquiring if my line was working.

This was after they had set it right. After 24 hours, the line went dead again! It’s the same old story now.

I lodged a complaint and got a docket number 11555557641 with further instructions that I must contact the customer care on 1500. When the line is dead how, how can I call another number? It is time BSNL woke up from slumber and realised that in the telecom sector there is stiff competition where only the efficient survive.
M V Nahusharaj,           Kanakapura main road

Errors in property tax form

The online form for paying property tax for 2016-17 has lot of errors. For example, my property usage changed from tenanted to self-occupied in 2010.

These changes were submitted at that time and until this year they were also reflected correctly. However, the form this year shows that my property is tenanted (old data). There is no clear instruction on whether the taxpayer has to change this and if so, how? Or should one go ahead with the incorrect information? Repeated emails/phone calls to BBMP helpline is completely ignored.
Rajashree Hosadurg
Hampinagar, Hosahalli

Increase bus frequency

The BMTC bus service from Nagarabhavi BDA Complex to Majestic is poor. There is a heavy concentration of buses to Yeshwantpur and Hebbal which pass through the Outer Ring Road, but there are hardly any buses to Majestic. There is no bus service to Shivajinagar at all. The surrounding areas are Annapoorneshwarinagar, Health Layout and Papireddypalya which have a sizable population which is in need of bus service to Majestic and Shivajinagar.   Commuters going to Kottigepalya take a bus to Majestic. Senior citizens and women are hard hit as the Kottigepalya buses are very crowded. Can the BMTC authorities please take a look at the problem?

No streetlights near East station

There are no streetlights at the Clarence bus stop (near East Railway Station close to Telugu Church) and in the evenings, it is in complete darkness.

The bus stop is used by hundreds of people in the evening and commuters, especially ladies, children and senior citizens are put through a lot of hardship. The bus sign boards are hardly visible and people who are in a rush to catch buses stumble on the high footpath. I request the authorities to take immediate action to address the problem.
Muniraja Gopal
Kuvempu Layout, Kothanur

Ban honking in underpass

Many vehicle users unnecessarily honk while driving through Nayandahalli underpass bridge.

The sound is very deafening in the underpass. The authorities concerned are requested to put a ‘No Horn’ sign here.

Furthermore, this stretch is full of potholes and steps should be taken to repair the road.
L N Vikram Rao, RB Nagar

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