Problems outnumber good aspects here

Problems outnumber good aspects here

stench: A cow feeding on the garbage in  the ward . dh photos

Lack of hygiene, severe drinking water crisis, poor underground drainage system, congested roads, bad traffic management,  poor disposal of solid waste management and other basic amenities haunt the residents of ward number 40.

Infact,  an acrimonious fight took place between Corporator and residents of the ward on poor supply of drinking water row few months ago. The corporator’s husband himself was injured in this fight and officials  of Mysore City Corporation and District
Administration intervened and made efforts to find solution along with the corporator to ease drinking water crisis. This ward of Mysore City Corporation covers most of the old residential areas of the Mysore city and located at the heart of the city. Most of the areas of the ward includes commercial streets buzzing with people and hectic activities. The ward encompasses  the residential areas of Pulakeshi road, Sawdey road, Kurabageri, Kantharaja Urs  parks,  Government Urdu school and Meena Bazaar. Akbar road.

Sawdey road is one of the overpopulated roads like Sayyaji road and D Devaraj Urs road in the city. As this  road  is famous for garments and other essential buys, people from several parts of the city throng this road to make purchases. This road is also historically significant as the Muslim brethren take out procession from Milad Park and proceed through  this road during Eid festival celebrations, observing Moharrum and other major events take place in this muslim concentrated region. Rehana Banu, the first time elected corporator on Congress ticket is representing this ward in Mysore City Corporation. The total population of the ward is around 25,000 and voters are a good 13,000. Muslims are in huge number in this ward. Besides, few backward community Hindus are also sheltered in parts of the ward. This ward is most sensitive ward  owing to ghettoed living spaces,  including streets with commercial.

As much as 75 per cent of the people of the ward run petty business, have agarbathi making business, push cart vendors,  garage mechanics, and other small jobs  to eke out a living. Except some Urdu primary schools and other colleges are important educational institutions in this ward. Most of the residents are illiterate. Infact, lack of education and civic sense among residents is the biggest challenge faced by the corporator Rehana Banu.

She told to City Herald that she has been struggling hard to educate the people of the ward and children of the ward as many of the parents do not wish to send their children to schools as they earn some Rs 50 per day if they are employed as child labourer in any of the petty shops. This mindset of the parents must be changed through proper education.

Just as other elected representatives, ward corporators are facing problems in the implementation of Developmental works in old Residential areas, Rehana Banu is also facing opposition from residents due to encroachment of public roads, footpaths and service lanes.

Making roads and repairing old Under Ground Drainage system by clearing encroachment is the among the biggest challenge.

Asif of Sawdey road wanted the Officials  of City Corporation to ease traffic and take up road widening works for benefit of public.Residents complained about drinking water and its release timings, to increase police patrolling during night time.

Speaking to City Herald, Rehana Banu told that she used most of the funds of to repair UGD system, asphaltation works, constructed 25 houses under Gruha Bhagya scheme. She is willing to set up fashion designing, tailoring, computer coaching for poor women and boys.  This work is delayed due non availability of land.

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