Kolaramma lives with little water, little light

Historic ward in Kolar City is clean, but water remains a major problem

Kolaramma lives with little water, little light

The residents of ward 3- and other wards- in the City are confused: Do they consider living here a boon or a curse?

Unlike most other wards in Kolar City, ward 3 hardly has garbage strewn or heaped on the streets.

The Methodist Compound, Kajiwada and Old Taluk Office are noteworthy for maintenance of hygiene and waste in the area. The drains too are functioning fine in the ward.
Water, however, is a different issue.

Ward 3 in the city, with more than 700 houses, a population of 3,500, of whom 2,400 are voters, has only nine borewells to provide the residents water. Some of these wells have long stopped supplying any water, forcing the residents to virtually haunt the other, functioning borewells in practical competition.

Some parts of the ward get water every alternate day, while some other parts don’t get supply more than just once a week. Then too, the supply stops in barely half an hour. Getting water is considered a matter of sheer luck in such places.

Also, several areas in ward- Gandhinagar, Kote area, near the Someshwara Temple, among others- all have mini tanks. None of them, however, is in working condition.

While the Karnataka government continues to lengthen its list of plans to supply water to the districts, a real end to the drinking water problem, however, seems nowhere in sight for the residents of ward 3.

Another issue haunting the ward is the problem of the street lights. A walk in the night on the streets of the ward sometimes may prove scary as there is no light from the lamps for long distances. The problem of the ‘darkbulbs’ is attributed to both broken down bulbs and payment of bills, by the residents.

Somashekhar, a resident of the ward and also chairperson of the standing committee, says tenders will soon be called to repair the bulbs and also pay the bills.

Meanwhile, the residents are forced to adjust to the present conditions and make do with whatever ‘is not provided’.

Next comes the matter of roads. Most streets in ward 3 are in good shape, having been asphalted. Major exceptions, however, are the roads and cross roads leading to the Someshwara Temple, which have been subjected to step motherly treatment by the Municipality.

The only hope for the residents has been the promise of a start of work on the roads after a release of Rs 75 lakh within three months’ time.

Members of the City Municipality have, prior to this, argued with the commissioner regarding the funds to be released for the development work in the ward, but the citizens are still waiting.

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