Storm water drain: BBMP sanctions Rs 1.80 crore

BANGALORE: While innumerable programmes have been initiated to create awareness to save every drop of water, more than eight pipes in N C Colony under S K Garden Ward of Bruhat Bangalore Mahan

Published: 28th February 2012 08:24 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 06:05 PM   |  A+A-

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(Top) Storm water drain work. (Above) Water overflowing on the raod in the ward | suresh nampoorthi

BANGALORE: While innumerable programmes have been initiated to create awareness to save every drop of water, more than eight pipes in N C Colony under S K Garden Ward of Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) is leaking and still there has been no action taken by the concerned officials.

When the City Express visited the ward, it was found that,  the main complain from the residents was the water leakage. Along with water leakage, the sanitary chambers were oozing out sewage water. “Every now and then the sanitary lines get blocked, thus over flows. This is not all, a huge amount of water goes down the drain. If this issue is addressed at the earliest possible, a large amount of water can be saved, which can be utilized by the citizens,” said Ravi P, a resident.

When we took up the issue with the ward corporator Devikarani Sridhar, she said “Even we too received the same complaints from the residents. I took up the issue with the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) engineers. They assured that the leaks will be plugged and those worn out pipes will be replaced with new ones. The engineers have informed me that they can take up the works only after the BWSSB chairman approves and grants funds for the pipes and related works.”

Also the residents of Papanna Garden alleged that they do not have enough water supply. “Despite having genuine water connections we are denied water. However, we are paying the bill. All our complaints to the area corporator, constituency MLA have fallen on deaf ears and they have never cared to act upon the complaints. The home-makers and children are forced to waste their time waiting to fill the pots from the public tap,” said R M Krishna Murthy, an SBI employee.

The residents also demanded a library and a free computer training centre to the ward from the Palike. “We have identified an empty site opposite to the Government School to set up a library and a computer centre for the students. We are awaiting emergency grants from the Palike to carry out the desired works. Most of the money allotted to us in the Palike budget goes in for civil works,” added the corporator.

During our visit we also observed that the storm water drain being dumped with garbage which needed attention. “For the development of storm water drain we have pooled in funds to a tune of  Rs 1.80 crore from both the Palike and MLA fund. The works will commence at the earliest,” added the corporator.

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