BANGALORE: With the increase in the rates of gold, there is a steep increase in the number of instances of burglary and thefts.
Adding to this is the ‘chain theft menace’ a simple device adopted by miscreants targeting women who walk alone.
The residents of Doddanekkundi Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike have become victims of such a menace.
Speaking to City Express, Vanitha Raju, a resident of the Chinappa Reddy Layout said, “We do not have enough parks for recreational activities in our area.
This forces us to go for our early morning walk to Marathahalli Ring Road.
But there have been instances of chain snatching.
This has planted a sense of fear among us and we have even sacrificed our morning walk.” Home-makers like Vanitha Raju have demanded the area corporator to take adequate measures to build a park with other recreational activities.
When we sought the opinion of the ward corporator, Sridhar Reddy, he said, “There are two parks in my ward.
One is at AECS Layout and LRDE Layout.
Police are doing their regular beat on ring road”.
Residents were also seen complaining over the poor drainage system especially at Chinappa Reddy and surrounding areas.
“From the past 20 years, the drainage has not developed.
No proper channel is established for smooth flow of sewage water.
As the water stagnates, a lot of mosquitoes breed over it and release foul smell, making it difficult for us to stay here” said Ramesh T, a facility manager.
Briefing over the measures taken from his part, the corporator said, “The sewage line issue will be sorted once all the lines are connected to the main line.
A project has been taken up to put everything in place and the palike has allotted `5 crore towards this issue in the 2011-12 budget”.
We also found that there were hardly any sign boards; the existing sign boards were faded.
The Doddanekkundi lake is full of weeds and lacks any maintenance emitting foul smell.
When this issue was brought to the notice of the corporator, he said that he will send a proposal to the palike to clean up the lake