Wednesday, December 30, 2009

For tap full of water

For tap
full of water
There are no plaints about water supply, but contamination is for real, while work seems never-ending
Aarthi R | TNN

Bangalore: While the wait for Cauvery water dominates the new areas of BBMP, it’s quite a relief to see almost all areas of East zone get regular stock now. Barring major repairs and shutdowns, supply is normally once every alternate day.
The East division of BWSSB caters to an overall 82,316 connections that includes 76,325 domestic connections. This covers areas like Ulsoor, Indiranagar, HAL II Stage, JB Nagar, Machalibetta, Fraser Town, Pillanna Garden, NGEF East, Cox Town, Cooke Town, HRBR and OMBR Extensions, Banaswadi, DJ Halli, Kalyana Nagar, Domlur, Johnson Market, CLR, Ejipura and surrounding areas. The total consumption across these areas is 22.74 lakh kilolitres per month.
However, one of the main concerns of residents in many areas is ‘water contamination’. The many repair works also add to the cases.
The huge open drain work near Kamaraj Road has been a rising health concern for locals here. “MLA Roshan Baig started it, breaking a coconut on November 2. We were told it’s month-long work. But four months later, it still continues. Worse, we are yet to see the MLA here, despite our repeated complaints,’’ says an angry businessman. They now await the last deadline promised to them by the BWSSB — February 25, 2010.
The increasing mosquitoes and stench is also causing health concerns. The work site is very close to a dispensary. The medical shop owner right opposite is also going through a frustrating experience. Apart from 80% loss in business, even the medicine stock is now reaching expiry date, he complains. Even the temporary crude bridge was laid after a small protest by the residents.


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