For a better tomorrow

For a better tomorrow

There are many Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs) across the city that actively engage in working towards the betterment of their locality.

Whether managing garbage, planting saplings, attending to problems related to water supply and even rejuvenating and reviving lakes, these associations act like a bridge between the government agencies and residents.

Registered in 2006, Horamavu Agra Resident Welfare Association (HARWA) has nearly 300 members and are active in Ward No 25.

The key members are Thomas TC, (president), Mohan A (vice president), Lakshmi Narayana (secretary), Ravishankar and Sabin Andrews, (former joint secretary of HARWA). These members regularly interact with various governmental agencies to get basic civic amenities such as parks, asphalting road, maintenance of rainwater drains, erecting street light and providing drinking water.

“We have worked with forest department of BBMP to get over 8,000 saplings planted in the ward. We have joined hands with BBMP health department for mosquito spraying and ensuring stray dogs are treated and we have recently joined the ‘Save Hormavu Lake’ campaign along with ‘Horamavu Parisara Abhivruddhi Samiti’,” explains Sabin Andrews.

He says that they have an active WhatsApp group with about 100 members. He points out the local area MLA Basavaraju has been actively involved with the group. “Most of the roads in this area have been tarred and street lights have been provided at prominent junctions.

There’s also a move to provide Cauvery water connection in this area,” adds Sabin.

Senior members of the Association like Thomas TC, president, says that he hopes to see Ward No 25, turn into a model ward of sorts.  “We have been working for getting good roads and clean drinking water, better garbage management and regular water supply for our area. It is our dream and vision to make this area a clean and a more liveable place,” says Thomas.

Mohan A, vice- president, adds, “Of the 198 wards in the city, ours is the biggest and we have all been working hard towards ensuring that the basic civic amenities are provided and maintained well. The residents are active in voicing their concerns and this has added to the strength of the cause.” There are a few more concerns that the members of HARWA have raised such as the immediate rectification of unscientifically constructed stormwater drains, cleaning and restoring of Horamavu Lake and increasing the bus routes in the area.
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