BANGALORE: Kadugodi ward under Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), which falls on the outskirts of the city is struggling with drainage problems and water scarcity.
The open drains in Vijayalakshmi Colony (V L Colony) have become an headache to the citizens and the commuters. When City Express visited the ward, we found that the drains were almost filled with mosquitoes breeding over it.
When we spoke to Zareena, a resident of the ward, she said “The drains are blocked from past many weeks. As the sewage water stagnates, lot of mosquitoes breed over it and there is all chance of an epidemic spreading. Action need to be initiated to ensure proper flow of the water.”
But some residents said that works were taken up to improve the drainage lines. When we contacted the Kadugodi ward corporator K N Anjaneya Reddy to get a clear picture he said, “We have taken up development works of drainage lines at V L Colony. For the development of both drainage lines and roads, `50 lakhs have been reserved”. Speaking further he said that the issue of blocked drains will be over once the new drainage lines come up.
Unlike other BBMP wards which were recently added to the palike, Kadugodi too has its share of water troubles. Areas like Ambedkarnagar, Kadugodi Colony and Gopal Krishna Nagar have scarcity of water and are catered through water tankers. While those who have their own borewells are totally relying on ground water, the others have no option but to go to the doorsteps of private water suppliers.
Gulzar Pasha, a resident of Gopal Krishna Nagar said, “We do not have any public tap here nor do we have our own borewell to quench our thirst. We have been supplied water in tankers once in three days which is not enough.”
When we sought the action taken by the corporator regarding this issue, Anjaneya Reddy said, “Three points -Ambedkar Nagar, Pattalamma Layout and Kadugodi Police Station have been identified for drilling borewells which will be dug in a day or two.”