Wednesday, November 29, 2006

BMP’s cleanliness drive proceeding at snail’s pace

BMP’s cleanliness drive proceeding at snail’s pace
New Indian Express

BANGALORE: The Bangalore Mahanagara Palike’s (BMP) drive to keep the vacant residential sites clean, is moving at snail’s pace. But officials claim that the work is in progress and there has been some amount of development.

BMP issued a notification in October asking site owners to clean their sites within a week. It also warned the site owners of action if they failed to do so.

However, in many areas like Banaswadi, HRBR Layout, Koramangala, JC Nagar, RT Nagar and Vasanth Nagar, the BMP is yet to begin any such drive. ‘‘The officials do not inspect the areas regularly.

They are unaware of the situation. The growth of parthenium (plant which causes severe respiratory problems) along with mounting garbage, is a nuisance,’’ said Reena G K, a resident of HRBR Layout.

Sunitha P, a resident of Koramangala, said that the areas were not maintained properly. ‘‘The vacant sites are converted into dumping yards by the people residing in the vicinity. This should be strictly forbidden. The BMP should undertake a strict drive to clean up the areas and fence them,’’ he said.

Sunitha Reddy, a resident of Vasanth Nagar, said that mere cleanliness of the sites was not sufficient. People should be educated and hefty fines should be imposed to curb such practices.


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