BANGALORE: Clean roads with broad avenue trees on both sides of the road, is the hallmark of Jayamahal ward under Bruhat Bangalore Mahangara Palike (BBMP) which is really surprising considering the fact that in most wards, one can hardly see trees or even if present, we see only the brutish stumps as this has been the impact of urbanisation in the city.On its part, the BBMP is making all efforts to curb the stray dog menace in the city, still the problem seems to haunt the residents of Jayamahal BBMP ward.
When City Express visited Ramaiah Reddy Layout, we found the residents demanding the Palike to tackle the problem and contain the increasing population of stray dogs that was causing nightmares to the residents.
“It has become difficult for us to walk on the roads. There are about 6-8 stray dogs at every street in Ramaiah Reddy Layout. The dogs even chase us when we commute on our two-wheelers” said Lazaras, a resident.
As the ward is blessed with many broad trees, with advent of fall, and spring yet to commence, the trees have started shedding their leaves. In this ward, we found large mounds and heaps of leaves that were lit with fire unnecessarily. Some residents of the ward demanded that the dry leaves should be put to effective use.“The leaves can be collected, covered and converted into good fertilizer. Although the civic workers are doing their job of collecting the garbage from the ward but simply making a ‘heap’ out of the fallen leaves and setting fire to it. The smoke emitted out of it, is injurious to health and increases the chance of Asthma” said Jagadish M R, a resident. The footpath on Jayamahal Main Road is narrow and the stone slabs laid on it are uneven. Some of it has been broken, posing danger to the pedestrians. These can be replaced with concrete slabs, demanded citizens.The ward corporator M K Gunashekar was not available for comments.