Saturday, April 26, 2008

Residents cry for amenities

Residents cry for amenities
By S Lalitha, DH News Service, Bangalore:
All the ten voters of a particular compound at HAL II Main Stage in Kodihalli have decided not to cast their vote out of sheer frustration...

Says Menaka, an administrator at a software concern. “We are just not interested in the elections,” she adds. She points out to the fully clogged drain running along her house on the road, which has been in a similar condition for nearly two months.

Kodihalli is bracketed inside C V Raman Nagar, a reserved constituency, along with Cox Town, Murphy Town, C V Raman nagar, New Tippasandra, Channasandra, Benniganahalli, Old Byapanahalli, Indira Nagar I stage, HAL III stage, Nagavarpalya and Jeevan Bima Nagar. Aspirants to this constituency include S Raghu (BJP), K C Vijayakumar (Cong), B T Srinivas (BSP) and Manohar JD (S).

Ravi Kumar, Manager at HMT Watches and resident at HAL III stage, is among the 2,19,449 voters who will decide the fate of these aspirants. “I will vote for an educated person regardless of the party. He is likely to be a real representative of the people,” he declares. The mushrooming shops in the nearby IV cross and the unruly youths hanging around them is what angers him. “Many of the residents, particularly women, feel quite uneasy to step outside our homes,” he adds. Tippasandra’s 515 Colony resident Murthy points out to the street drain which has been buried under huge stones and sand of a building. “Despite repeated requests, no one ever attends to this issue. So, why should I cast my vote?” Homemaker Vimala Rani’s vote will go to anyone who can provide good roads for the entire City.

Irregular water supply, a bane in other constituencies, affects the voters here too. “I did not receive water the whole of last week. It used to come regularly on Sundays and Tuesdays,” informs Viju, an engineer, who resides at II ‘B’ Cross of OMBR Layout of Banaswadi, a small portion of which falls under C V Raman Nagar constituency.


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