Curious case of missing percolation pits

BANGALORE: The residents of Aramanenagara Ward want the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) authorities to pressurise the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) authorities to

Published: 21st January 2012 05:01 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 06:18 PM   |  A+A-

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Water shortage and absence of percolation pits are a major concern for the residents of Aramanenagar ward | nagaraja gadekal

BANGALORE: The residents of Aramanenagara Ward want the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) authorities to pressurise the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) authorities to take measures for the regular supply of Cauvery water as early as possible.

It is not that the BBMP has not done anything to mitigate water woes at various localities in Aramanenagara Ward. The BBMP had made arrangements to dig nine borewells at M S Ramaiah Nagar, Ashwathnagar and AK Colony but three of them failed to yield water. There is nothing to revel about the levels of water at the remaining borewells. The ground water table has touched rock bottom due to the absence of water bodies in these areas.

The other problem is that the absence of percolation pits on various footpaths at RMV Second Stage. Residents complain that footpaths were concretised without making a provision for percolation pits around the trees. “We have no clue why the contractor forgot to make such provisions at the time of concretising the footpaths. Now, he has selected a few footpaths and neglected the others in this area,’’ said Sanjeevini Sashidhar, a resident of 11th Main,

RMV Extension.

Areas such as M S Ramaiah Nagar, Indian Institute of Science Campus, IAF Quarters, Sankey’s Tank, Palace Ground, a few parts of Malleswaram, Ashwathnagar, AGS Officers’ Layout, ITI Layout, Sadashiva Nagar and RMV 2nd State 1st Block are the important areas in Aramanenagara Ward.

The residents are not happy with the callousness of the contractor and the BBMP authorities in removing the debris from footpaths. “This is the third time that the contractor is digging around the trees in order to facilitate percolation pits. What were the BBMP engineers doing when no provision was given for the percolation pits?’’ asked T S Channakeshava Murthy.

However, Dr M S Sivaprasad, Corporator has said that he had asked the contractor to make a provision for the percolation of water around the trees. Sivaprasad has claimed that he is doing his best to mitigate civic problems at various areas in the ward. “I have been making best efforts to provide infrastructure in this ward. Many roads were asphalted, storm water drains were strengthened and pavements were developed. I have taken measures to ensure that the development works at Sankey Tank are on track,’’ said Sivaprasad. The BBMP had allocated Rs 5.50 crore to take up development works in the year 2010-11. Under the 22.75 per cent scheme of the BBMP, 25 houses were constructed at Ashwathnagar and AKS Colony for SC and ST families. “The BBMP is constructing an indoor stadium with an estimated cost of Rs 5 crore in Malleswaram,’’ said the corporator.

The BBMP had sanctioned Rs 2 crore this year for development works. “Our focus will be on water supply and keeping the ward free from garbage,” he said.

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