BANGALORE: While the Palike is taking all the efforts to fence the storm water drains across the city, the ones running through Kottigepalya ward under the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) does not have fencing. Adding to the woes of the residents is the fact that some do not have retain walls either.
When City Express visited the ward, the residents complained of this issue and pointed that as the drain is not fenced, some citizens lacking civic sense throw garbage into it. They feel that this menace could be avoided if the storm water drains are fenced. They felt that it was posing a serious threat to the children who play on the streets.
When we spoke to Kottigepalya ward corporator S Venkatesh Babu, he said, “There are no retain walls for the storm water drain to erect the fences. Installation of these fences falls under the Department of Storm water drains. I have forwarded a proposal to them to take up the fencing at the earliest, before the monsoon.” The other attraction is the Zen Park near BDA complex. The theme park which was built at a cost of `1.35 crore is one of the best recreational sources for the residents. In some areas, the old sanitary pipes are replaced with new ones but the earthen rocks and stones have been left unattended since then. As the speeding vehicles run over the stones, they fly and hit the display glasses at the nearby shops,” said Ashok, a shop-keeper.
Swamy, a resident urged the Palike to introduce free computer classes and to setup a library.Corporator Venkatesh said that the Palike has identified a space near Nagarbhavi 7th block to setup a library. This ward is no exception and has its own share of water scarcity problems and many residents were seen carrying pots to collect water.