Tuesday, August 29, 2006

BMP lets down Indiranagar residents on idol immersion

BMP lets down Indiranagar residents on idol immersion
Deccan Herald

Indiranagar residents did not get to immerse Ganesha idols in the mobile tank, as promised by the Bangalore Mahanagar Palike (BMP), on Sunday.

BMP, supposed to provide mobile tanks in nine places for idol immersion on Sunday, apparently forgot to include Indiranagar in its list. It woke up to this lapse when it received several calls by the residents and was prompt to make up for it. But, not in the required fashion.

Deccan Herald found at 100 feet road six barrels of water in a makeshift pandal instead of the promised mobile tank.

Only four idols had been immersed till 8 pm. According to Assistant Executive Engineer Chennamaregowda, he had received no communication from BMP for a mobile tank.

“I got a call on Monday morning from my seniors asking me to mobilise six barrels of water,” he said, and added: BMP did not inform either the Health Department or the Engineering Department in this regard. He said he had been asked to retain the provision for one more day. “On Tuesday again we will open at 11 am and people can immerse idols till 11.30 pm,” he said.

Drunken workers

Also, three of the four workers, who came to put them, were drunk, though the AEE seemed not to take notice of it. A passer-by, taken aback by this, said the department, instead of doing “such a shoddy job”, was better off not having done it at all.

BMP area In-Charge Somshekhar said there was confusion regarding shortage in providing the tanks, “and in the process forgot all about Indiranagar. We could make up for it by placing the barrels.”

Unflattering numbers

In west zone 2,865 idols were immersed , while in South the number was 1,200.


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