The BWSSB water tank in Poorna Pragna Layout near Uttarahalli which was devoid of a single drop of water for the last 15 years, is today brimming with water, thanks to the prompt action taken by the authorities. The City Express report ‘Poorna Pragna Layout residents’ cry for water’ on December 11 has served as an eye opener and forced the officials to take action within two days of publication of the report.
It may be recollected that four acres of land was provided by the Poorna Pragna House Building Cooperative Society along with installation of proper infrastructure, however, the officials had not bothered to capitalise on the huge resource.
Elated with the timely response, resident of 4th main and former president of the housing society Narayana Murthy said, “There is sufficient water for everybody now. They have charged the tank and repaired the damaged pipes. They said there are plans in the pipeline to build a ward office as well. I would like to congratulate and thank CE immensely for making this possible.”
Voicing a similar opinion, Anne Gowda, a security guard said, “The damaged pipes have been replaced especially the outlet pipes which were stolen by miscreants.” Another resident Babu said, “There is sufficient supply of water now with the recharging of the second water tank. Living on a gradient, we used to get water twice a week but now the supply has improved.”
When City Express spoke to BWSSB assistant engineer, Nagaraj, he said, “We had been planning to attend to the issue for a long time and the City Express report also acted as a catalyst.”
City Express had also highlighted the land becoming a hub for anti-social elements followed by lack of maintenance of the area as it is surrounded by bushes on all sides. Nagraj said, “We have cleared the bushes as well even though it will appear again in a span of 15 days. Next in the pipeline is building a compound wall around the water tank.”
According to BWSSB, the renovation work will cost `30,000-`40,000 while the construction of the compound wall is estimated to cost around `15-16 lakh as it is a huge area which once reserved to build a park surrounding the water tank.