Development hits this village-turned-ward hard

BANGALORE: Vijnana Nagar, which was once a village that extended up to a handful of houses, has developed rapidly over the last decade. The area is bustling with several constructional a

Published: 28th March 2012 04:09 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 09:47 PM   |  A+A-


Residents fetching water from a public tap | EXPRESS PHOTO

BANGALORE: Vijnana Nagar, which was once a village that extended up to a handful of houses, has developed rapidly over the last decade.

The area is bustling with several constructional activities and riggers digging borewells thanks to the numerous multinational companies and tech-parks coming up in the peripheral areas of Vijnana Nagar and Mahadevpura.

Malls and other retail outlets too are coming up at a very fast pace.

When City Express visited the ward, road repair works were in progress at KGF Munireddy Layout.

The residents also urged the authorities to ensure timely completion of these roads.

"Since the road is severely damaged, work is currently on to lay new roads.

The dust flying off these roads is causing a lot of inconvenience to us," said Keshava, a medical shop owner in the area.

As KGF Munireddy Layout is a convenient shortcut to reach Kaggdaspura, C V Raman Nagar and Indiranagar from Mahadevapura Ring Road, many commuters take this road to avoid getting stuck in peak hour traffic near K R Puram Hanging Bridge.

Also, commuters save fuel as this shortcut cuts three to four kilometres.

While the commuters are quite content with this route, the residents of the area are unhappy with the increased traffic flow.

"The density of vehicles on this road has increased by several times over the last few years.

During peak hours (7.30 am to 11am and 5 pm to 8.30 pm), the traffic increases dramatically and more commuters are seen taking this road.

This causes delay in constructional activities too and increases air pollution," added Keshava.

Other residents demanded closure of the road until the works are completed.

Further inside the ward, we found many homemakers with water pots queuing up to fetch water.

We also found several water tankers going around in the area catering to the demands of respective customers.

Varalakshmi, a homemaker, who was seen fetching water along with her child, said that they do not have any water supply.

"The water supplied by BWSSB (Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board) tankers do not reach us.

We pay `1 up to `2.5 for a pot of water.

The borewell in the ward, which was recently repaired, is not working as some miscreants have stolen the cable of the borewells." Many homemakers like Varalakshmi are hopping from one neighbourhood to another to fetch water for their daily chores.

The residents urged the BWSSB to ensure regular water supply in the area.

Vijnana Nagar corporator Geetha Vivekananda was not available for comments.

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