One of the most elite localities of the city, Lavelle Road, has been a classic example of how riches can stink too. Right from Bangalore Club till Richmond Circle junction, many Bangaloreans have to live with the sewage flowing from the abodes of the elite.
The stinking issue near Richmond Circle has not been addressed by the concerned authorities for several months now. The inconvenience caused by the sewage water spreads from the Bangalore Club building on Lavelle Road to the junction of ML Subbaraju Road and Field Marshal KM Carriappa Road.
A regular passerby said, "There is no choice but to walk through the sewage." Auto driver, Ravi Kumar has seen the never ending sewage for months now. He said, "I am sure by now we all know where the water is coming from. The Bangalore Club authorities are busy meeting and greeting their guest members and turning a blind eye to the outside world. A lot of complaints have been filed but no action has been taken by the club or the BBMP authorities. Though a line of cars cover the mess, people have to bear the foul smell, thus making the lives of many around miserable."
K Shivakumar, the corporator of Ward No 111, Shantalanagar has been taken to task for the mess created here. "I am following the matter almost every day. I was told by the health inspector that he had met the secretary of the club couple of days ago and also gave them an ultimatum. The club has also assured that the issue will be sorted. I was told that they even pump out the swimming pool water on to this stretch but nothing has come to my notice. This again is the work of the BWSSB and I represent BBMP. So, I can't fight against them, but can only request them. In the last few months, we have been arranging a jetting machine to clear the sewage water. We will now have to seek a strong intervention into the matter and get it cleared as early as possible," he said.
Dodda Gangadhar, senior health inspector of the Shantala Nagara ward is fed up with the club's reaction towards this mess. He said, "Time and again, the club authorities have assured of fixing the problem but haven't adhered to it. We are now left with no option but to issue them a notice, very soon."