Saturday, December 26, 2009

RWAs SET AGENDA FOR COUNCILLORS

RWAs SET AGENDA FOR COUNCILLORS
TOI asked representatives of various localities what they want to tell their future ward representatives. Here, they encapsulate what is best for the people and area
A T Subrahmanya & Sruthy Susan Ullas | TNN

DAY FIVE RESIDENTS’ WELFARE ASSOCIATIONS SPEAK OUT BANGALORE SOUTH ZONE 51 WARDS
Bangalore: For the past four days, we did ground work on problems facing one of Bangalore’s biggest zones — Bangalore South. The series had a reality check on various issues, including roads and infrastructure, solid waste management, health, water and sanitation issues.
On the culminating day of the civic issues at Bangalore South, TOI spoke to several Resident Welfare Association (RWAs) members, who are the eyes and ears of the locality.
WARD WISE: The last 11 wards
185 Yelchenahalli: Ilyas Nagar, Kanaka Nagar, Geeta Colony, Yalchenhalli, Krishnadevaraya Nagar, Kashi Nagar, Anuradha Industrial Estate, Pratibha Industrial Estate, JC Industrial Layout, Bikasipura, Nanjappa Layout, Chandra Nagar
186 Jaraganahalli: Shivananda Nagar, Bheraveshwar Layout, Chikkaswamy Layout, Mahatma Gandhi Layout, Krishnamaraju Layout, Abbareddy Layout, JP Nagar 6th Phase, Govindappa Layout, Honneyappa Layout, Jyothi Layout, Jarganahalli, Sri Swamy Layout, Puttenahalli Kere
178 Sarakki: Sarakki, JP Nagar 6th Phase, LIC Quarters
151 Koramangala: K R Garden, Koramangala 6th block, KHB block, Kathali Palya, Koramangala 4th B block, Koramangala 5th and 5th A block, KHB Colony, John Nagar, Nirmala Block, Mestri Palya, Koramangala 3rd Block, Jakkasandra Block, Koramangala 1st and 1st A blocks, SBI Colony, Koramangala 2nd Block
172 Madivala: Tavarekere (P), Madduraman Nagar, Chikka Madivala, Madivala, Dollar Scheme Colony, Jai Bheema Nagar, BTM Layout 1st Stage, Aicobo Nagar
176 BTM Layout: Vysya Bank Colony, MICO Layout, Nainappa Setty Palya, BTM Layout 2nd Stage, Someshwar Colony, KAS Officers’ Colony, Central Excise and Customs Quarters, Madina Nagar, Abbayyappa Layout, Ambedkar Slum
177 JP Nagar: JP Nagar 2nd Phase, JP Nagar 3rd Phase, JP Nagar 4th Phase (Sarakki Dollar Layout), Shivananda Sharma Memorial RV College
171 Gurappanapalya: Bismillah Nagar, Tavarekere, Gurappanapalya, Maruthi HBS Layout, KEB Colony
152 Saddugunte Palya: Saddugunte palya, Venkateshwar Layout, Kaveri Layout, Bhurappa Layout, Jogi slum, Chikka Adugodi, Bovi Colony, Bharath Nagar, Krishnamurhy Layout, Brindavan Nagar, Ramaiah Garden, Maruthi Nagar, Balaji Nagar, Bharathi Layout, Bhavani Nagar
170 Jayanagar East: NAL Layout, URS Colony, Jayanagar 9th Block, KEB Colony, Vysya Bank Colony
103 Kaveripura: Pattigarapalya, Rajiv Nagar, Ranganathpura, Kaveri Nagar, Sharavathi Nagar


One of the suggestions we would like to make is to let the Resident Welfare Associations take care of maintenance of the area. When our area was under BDA a few years ago, we once experimented with it and realized that it was a great idea. The people’s association takes care of grievances and finally, the BDA reimburses the amount spent on the area.
When people participate in the issues in the area, work is done more sincerely, unlike outsiders, who do it for the sake of doing it. The new elected members should think of ways to implement their plans properly in the areas.
M R Harish | BILEKAHALLI DOLLAR LAYOUT, BTM LAYOUT



What we want from officials is speedy completion of work. We’ve had enough of projects and civic facilities under way, none of them are completed in time. The construction period is a nightmare for residents. They need to cut short the cycle time. We have had issues with contractors too. We need the elected body to supervise them and ensure quality work. Moreover, there should be better cooperation between the different departments. If we have a problem with the drains, BBMP says it comes under the health department. The health department asks us to approach the BBMP engineers. We need to go from pillar to post to address one issue.
B Bhaskar | JAYANAGAR 5TH BLOCK



We suggest that the newlyelected members conduct a grievances meet in specific areas. The member needs to come to the area and study the problems. If they can come to all these areas to campaign for elections, why can’t they come after they are elected? The meeting can be held once a month. It would help solve all the civic issues in the area, including garbage, poor quality drinking water and stray dogs.
G N Manjunath | BANASHANKARI III STAGE



Ejipura is one of the newlyadded areas and hence, there are a lot of niggling issues, especially water supply. Once our councillor is elected, we urge him/her to look at our water woes and make sure there is equal distribution of water even among newlyadded areas.
Another area of concern is the stray dog menace and garbage. I think there is a lack of coordination between health officials and the environment cell in BBMP, as both keep passing the buck about garbage collection issues. I think an elected representative should look into these issues.
Ravindra Kumar | EJIPURA NEW EXTENSION



While our road conditions have improved in the past couple of years, there are other problems which persist. For example, the issue of garbage. I think there should be a single agency for garbage collection, involving both residential and commercial establishments. Another big problem is that of the stray dog menace. Though officials claim various programmes to tackle the menace, we have found the number of stray dogs is increasing, which raises doubts about these projects.
Our suggestion to our elected representatives at the ward level, would be to keep in touch with people and be more accessible to RWAs as they represent the locality.
B V Anantram | KORAMANGALA ST BED



Our complaints in Ward 50 (now Ward 143 and 153) are the usual ones — like garbage clearance, stray dogs, cattle, monkey menace, vendor menace etc., common to every ward. Regarding Tagore Circle underpass, it is unfortunate that BBMP has not learnt a lesson even after the National College flyover mess. This underpass, if at all completed, will encounter a greater problem at DVG Junction, as vehicles will flood the narrow DVG Road, where there is no scope whatsoever to widen the road. I hope they stop this work and restore KR Road to its original condition. After the election, we do hope our elected councillor will help get our grievances attended to by bureaucrats.
S R Venkataram | B P WADIA ROAD

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