Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Find yourself walking on clean footpaths

Find yourself walking on clean footpaths
Vijay Times

ENGINEERS of the Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BMP) have begun monitoring footpaths and clearing debris in the City to ensure that pedestrians are not put to discomfort while travelling.

The officials have taken up these tasks as part of the five-point programme, chalked out by BMP commissioner K Jairaj.

The task involves cleaning side drains and shoulder drains to prevent stagnation of water on roads.

Talking to reporters, BMP engineer K T Nagaraj, connected to the Bharatinagar division, said that the removed silt would be shifted to a dumping yard in B Narayanapura.

Reviewing ongoing work at Anandnagar near NGEF in Benniganahalli ward, he said around 40 per cent of the work had been completed. "The remaining part will be completed by June 15," he added.

During this period, footpaths near 211 roads would be cleaned. Footpaths under Shantinagar 1st and 2nd division, Bharatinagar, Shivajinagar and Jayamahal would be cleaned, the engineer said.

He said that the length of footpaths that would be cleaned would run to 211.30 km in the East division.

“As part of the five-point programme, works like p hole filling, removal of debris, upgradation of fo and precautionary measures would be taken in lying and vulnerable areas to prevent them from be flooded,” he added.

The BMP, under the concept of Samparka Bandhu, had identified over 100 citizens who could inform BMP about problems in their areas during the rainy season.

The BMP engineers have also begun piling sand bags near storm water drains to prevent water from ente low-lying areas, the engineer said.

The BMP has been consulting the commissioners of K R Puram, Rajarajeshwari, and Bommanahalli Municipal Councils to set up control rooms.

nThe BMP has identified seven places which were prone to flooding in the East zone.

nThe areas are, Indira Gandhi slum near Ejipura, Gandhinagar area near Ambedkar College, Doddannanagar, Bhuvaneshwa rinagar and Chamundinagar, Stephens Road in Frazer Town, Tank mohalla in D J Halli and surroundings of MEG grounds.

nNagaraj said that the BMP had already set up seven temporary rehabilitation centres to shift those affected during the rains.

n"Over a thousand families may be affected during the rains," a BMP engineer said.

nHe said three control rooms had been set up for the benefit of the public. These control rooms had been provided with materials required to combat floods, he added.

Head office control room South control room East Control room West Control room


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