Thursday, April 29, 2010

Private security guard for every lane

Private security guard for every lane
A hat-trick. This is the third consecutive win for Padmanabhareddy, the JD(S) corporator. Interestingly, good roads fetched him victories. He has a new scheme up his sleeve — 24/7 private guard in every lane. Also in focus will be the twin problems — irregular water supply and erratic power cuts After Ensuring Good Roads, I Will Focus On Water, Power, Security, Says Reddy
Aarthi R | TNN

Bangalore: Once an underdeveloped village, Kacharakanahalli is today a happening place. After many years, road works seen almost everywhere. Most of these roads survived the heavy traffic for eight years. “These good roads ensured people’s support for me,’’ said Padmanabhareddy (JDS), the proud new corporator, who has won here for the third consecutive time.
The area is already witnessing some positive changes. Garbage collectors who were hardly spotted before, are now seen knocking on the doors and collecting garbage.
Here is a sure-fire winner. There are plans to set up a private security arrangement on an experimental basis for the III block in HRBR Layout, based on people’s request. The frequent incidents of late evening chain snatching incidents and burglaries have prompted the corporator to go in for this scheme. “We are trying it out. But this needs people’s cooperation,’’ he said. As per the plan, there will be a private guard on every lane 24x7 with people paying a monthly fee.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY?
“We have given a few suggestions. Some of them already implemented. Main issue — garbage. 20% change seen already. Dumping has reduced. He has promised to take up road tarring in a month’s time. Citizens should cooperate too.
— A B Uthappa | PRESIDENT, KALYAN NAGAR NAGARIKARA CULTURAL FORUM
“It’s only been a few days now. It’s a five-year term and we must watch. There has been road works in some areas. The most serious problem is the traffic on the CMR Main Road and in Ramaiah Layout. We need a skywalk. The last three years have seen an accident every 15 days.
— D M Dwarakanath, RESIDENT, CMR MAIN ROAD
WOES SHARED ON THE WEB
Some residents from Kalyan Nagar and surrounding areas of this ward are airing their woes on the web too. Here are some web woes
NO SPACE FOR PEDESTRIANS
“Most places after 6 pm,footpath vendors occupy three-fourth of these footpaths. It’s very difficult walk on the footpath along with family and children. We are forced to walk on the road.This,also leading to some accidents.One presently happened near the sansar collection showroom on Kammanahalli main road.’’
GARBAGE PROBLEM
“The garbage collection at the park in front of Nagadevi Industries is very ill-maintained, home to bandicoots, rats and breeding ground for mosquitoes & dozens of stray dogs mainly due to un-hygenic conditions.’’
IMPROPER ROADS
“Though 3rd Block in HBR Layout is a popular block having BDA complex and other shopping arcades. This block lacks proper roads.I guess the authorities will look into in the issue and act asap.’’
KACHARAKANAHALLI LAKE
“The lake is part of HBR ward 24 and people who are effected are part of ward 29 so there is no initiative by HBR BBMP authorities to maintain the lake as the population of II Block HBR are not impacted. Can we please have a better way of managing the lake? The lake has become a sewage collection point and especially during summer the stench is unbearable. The residents of LN Reddy Gardens which is part of Kacharakanahalli are effected. Health of children and aged persons are impacted with such unhygienic conditions.”
PROBLEM AREAS
Irregular water, erratic power cuts, improper solid waste management, dust and noise pollution, chain snatching and traffic in residential areas.
KNOWING HIM
Padmanabhareddy is 47 years old. He hails from this ward. Generations of his family have lived here. “There was nothing in my ward,’’ he said. Now, his main target: Maintenance and beautification. PEOPLE HAVE TRUSTED
ME THIRD TIME
What are your main observations about your ward?
I have been three and a half years out of power. There was no water problem then. Now, I will focus mainly on water, power and security.
What change can the residents expect from you?
I have already voiced these concerns at the first meeting on April 23. Both these issues are twin troubles. My suggestion: Get a generator for Rs 4-5 lakh for every pumping station. People have trusted me third time. I cannot repeat the excuses the authorities give. Shortly, there should be a change. If not water, at least the government must look at providing additional power or alternative arrangements for uninterrupted water supply.
What’s your main action plan and how do you plan to go about it?
Waiting for the budget. Meanwhile, repair the bruised roads, complete the unfinished library at II block, bring in more Hopcoms.
Vision for Kacharakanahalli
In 2006, it was declared the model ward in Bangalore. Will continue the efforts to keep up this vision even now.

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