Thursday, September 30, 2004

Civic agencies protest against slow progress of development works

Civic agencies protest against slow progress of development works
The protesters wanted the BMP and BWSSB to complete the works.
Deccan Herald

Members of various civic agencies staged protest and raised slogans against the Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BMP) and the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) for the slow progress of development works in their respective areas.

About 100 residents and members of Jagrutha Nagarikara Sanghatane staged a protest in front of the Bangalore Mahanagara Palike office in Mathikere in Bangalore on Wednesday.

‘Park work neglected’

According Zaheeda She-reen, a member of the Sanghatane, the Jayaprakash Nara-yan Park, built in 1987, is in a bad shape. The park is only half built and the project to build benches and lay pathways remains only on paper. The railway crossing at Gokul extension is a virtual death trap. The road near Mathikere extension, near the Karnataka Electricity Board office is congested because of encroachments leading to excess traffic, she alleged.

In a written memorandum to the Additional Commissioner of Finance Mr Srihari, the members of the Sanghatane demanded that the park be rejuvenated at the earliest, an overbridge be built at the level crossing near Gokul extension and the road near the KEB office in Mathikere be widened.

In Koramangala

Traffic snarls, uneven and bumpy roads and pollution have made life miserable for the residents of Koramangala. Fed up with repeated requests made to the BWSSB and the BMP to repair roads, the members of the Koramangala Residents Civic Group staged a protest against BWSSB’s rampant road cutting.

The members protested the delay by the BWSSB in completing the sewage pipe laying work on 80 ft road of Koramangala. “Because the roads have been dug up, traffic has been diverted into the inner roads causing heavy congestion, noise and dust pollution. This is disturbing,” said Secretary of the Group R Ram Murthi.

Rasta roko warned

The members of the Group also demanded that the work on 80 ft road be completed with immediate effect failing which they will go on a rasta roko.


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