People's problems

People's problems

People's problems

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.

Mail your grievances to: peoplesproblems


Monsoon blues

Areas provided with box-type drains apart from underground drains are unable to handle the high volume of rooftop rainwater flowing into them. They can adopt percolating pits within the box-type drains.

The BBMP and the BWSSB should ensure providing percolating pits every 15 steps within the box-type drains filled with pebbles or jelly. The rainwater gets percolated into them and the volume of water flowing down the drain gets reduced. This recharges groundwater and avoids flooding during the rain.

R Guruprasad 751 9th B cross Vidyamanya Nagar

Save our parks

Mathikere has only one park, namely JP Park, which has been maintained satisfactorily. During the rainy season, however, mosquitoes swarm up wherever we try to relax on the benches of the park. Fumigation is rarely carried out to ward them off. If this is done, it will be of great help to walkers who drop in here for fresh air.

Recently, I noticed some young men and women testing the blood pressure and blood sugar levels of visitors outside this park for a fee. I am not sure about the credibility of these agencies which make money by offering this service. After a walk, the blood pressure tends to remain high and so do blood sugar levels. I wonder how are such things done in a public park? Are people who maintain this park aware of it? I hope the BBMP looks into matter at the earliest and does the needful.

Prof Padmanabha Rao 74/A, 10th Main, 3rd Cross, Gokula Stage 1, Phase 2, Mathikere

Please clear garbage

A civic amenity site in front of Number 82 is being used by everyone to dump garbage. An old and scraped vehicle is also parked here. It emits foul smell and breeds flies and insects. Residents of No 80-84 cannot keep their front doors open and have been falling sick frequently. With the onset of the monsoon, the problem will become more acute. Garbage collectors do not remove the entire pile and leave the rest to accumulate.

The BBMP officials concerned should inspect the site and instruct the garbage contractor to remove the pile from the whole area. The BBMP should  provide a garbage bin, too, so that garbage is dumped only in the bin.

C Madhav Rao
515 Colony
(ward No 58)

Drain blocked, officials indifferent

We, the residents of 10th Cross, Karamchand Layout, Lingarajapuram, want to bring to your notice the problems we have been facing for the last few months. The drain has blocked. We complained to the authorities but no action has been taken. We are forced to call the sewage collection van every two weeks and pay from our own pockets to get the drain cleared. We lodged complaints by phone and on the website but to no avail. We request the authorities to inspect the area and decide what needs to be done. There are senior citizens in this area who cannot walk to every office to make complaints.

Mohammad Sadatulla

BMTC service hit on bandh day

On 12 June, the day of the state-wide bandh, the BMTC publicised in the media that its services would remain normal. The BMTC helpline (1-800-425-1663) made a similar claim. But in the morning, the bus services were scaled down. In the evening, hardly any buses plied from Domlur to Banashankari and from Madiwala/Silk Board to Banashankari. I waited at Domlur from 8 pm to 9 pm but there were no buses. Some of the BMTC staffers I spoke to confirmed that fewer workers had reported for work and that’s why the services were reduced. The BMTC collects 60% of its revenue from bus passes but leaves commuters to fend for themselves where it really matters.

Murali Krishna

Cong govt must act constructively

It is quite amusing to see Bengaluru topping the list for many undesirable things. It has already earned the dubious distinction of being a highly corrupt city notwithstanding its top rank in information technology and its large pool of technical and scientific talent. Then there are traffic jams ad the high cost of living. It has now emerged that the city appears prominently on the list of places whose residents treat senior citizens harshly.

All this shows that there is no sincere effort from people in power to look into these things while being busy in planning high-cost steel bridges and projects like that. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and his colleagues in the government should try do something constructive instead of issuing boastful advertisements by wasting public money, which appear to be aimed at building the government’s image ahead of elections.

V S Ganeshan 58, AECS
Layout 2nd Stage, 3rd Main Road, Sanjaynagar

Waste dumped on open site

A vacant site (No 1278) at 1st Stage, 1st Phase, Chandra Layout, 11th Cross, which falls under the Nagarabhavi ward (number 128), is being used for dumping waste which attracts dogs and has become a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

The site owner is requested to keep the land clean so as to prevent dumping of garbage. Residents living near the vacant site are requested to avoid dumping waste on it and make the area clean and healthy. The owner is also requested to erect a compound wall to prevent dumping of garbage. Though BBMP officials are very helpful in weeding this site whenever asked to do so, they have not been able to take action against the landowner. Now that the monsoon has arrived, mosquitoes are breeding in such sites and this will only lead to diseases like dengue and chikungunya.

Venugopal H K 1277, 1st Stage, 1st Phase, 11th Cross, Chandra Layout