BANGALORE: If traffic jam is one of the common reasons given by most of the people to their employers, those residing at Rajagopal Nagar have a different excuse to give to their bosses. The residents of Rajagopalnagar ward Bruhat Bangalore Mahangara Palike are spending more than two to three hours in a day to collect water for their domestic purposes.
When City Express visited the ward we found many residents in the area busy moving around in a bicycle to fetch water, with empty pots on both sides.
Narayanappa, on his way to fetch water, said, “Neither the corporation is supplying water nor do we have borewells.
We are buying water from those who have bore wells in Rajarajeshwarinagar.
This has become a nuisance, as fetching water is eating up most of our leisure time”. The residents are paying Rs 2 for a pot of water.
On an average, a middle-class family like Narayanappa’s spends not anything less than Rs 30 to fulfil their water needs. During our visit we also found that the works of laying water pipes to get Cauvery water from the much awaited Cauvery 4th phase, 2nd stage were in progress. The only hope for the residents of Rajagopal Nagar is this project to quench their thirst.
The homemakers too were complaining of the water trouble. They said that it was not possible for them to concentrate on their household chores, send their children to school on time or even spend time helping them with the fast approaching exams. “We have not yet been given the ration cards.
Measures must be taken by the authorities concerned to issue ration cards” said Padmavathi, a resident. She further added that the ward does not have a playground, a park or a library.
Cleanliness was also not up to the mark. Garbage was strewn on Sani Matma Temple Road, Peenya 2nd Stage. When City Express tried to contact the area corporator H N Gangadhara was not available for comments