Residents pass through fog of concrete powder

BANGALORE: Garudacharpalya Bruhat Bangalore Palike residents are facing a peculiar problem due to the presence of a concrete mixing factory. The residents who enter the ward from Mahadevpura R

Published: 29th March 2012 04:53 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 09:49 PM   |  A+A-

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(Left) Commuters and pedestrians passing through the fog of dust; (Right) Open drains in the ward | Express photo

BANGALORE: Garudacharpalya Bruhat Bangalore Palike residents are facing a peculiar problem due to the presence of a concrete mixing factory. The residents who enter the ward from Mahadevpura Ring Road can reach Garudacharpalya only after crossing the concrete mixing factory near M D B Choultry on Goshala Road.

When concrete powder mixes up in the air the scene resembles an early morning fog. The commuters have to stop their vehicles until all the concrete powder settles down. As the concrete mixes up in the air reducing the visibility, the number of minor accidents and commuters engaging themselves in a verbal duel increases.

Venkatesh, who is a software employee at an MNC told City Express, "A part of Goshala Road falls under the Garudachar Palya ward and the other part falls under the Dodda Nekundi BBMP ward. With this issue of boundary demarcations among the corporators, we are daily facing the brunt of concrete mixing up in the air."

When we spoke to Garudacharpalya corporator N Pillappa he said, "I took up the issue with the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Joint Commissioner concerned and corporator of Dodda Nekundi. But, no action has been taken."

"As most of the citizens of my ward are using this road, it has become a matter of concern for me. I will take up the issue again with the officials and demand action against the concrete mixing factory which is polluting the air." added Pillappa.

While this was the main issue for which the residents demanded a solution, the ward does have other problems too. "The drainage system is not maintained well. Almost all the drains on the stretch of Goshala Main Road are open and needs to be covered," said Rahul Kumar, a resident.

The corporator said that `3 crore funds given to his ward from the Palike is not enough. "I have taken up the patch works on Goshala Road. The money allocated in the budget is  just not enough. I was not given a single penny from the MLA's fund to carry out development works in my ward".

When we asked about the measures taken to solve the water problem in the area, Pillappa said, "Borewells in the ward have become dysfunctional and Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) officials have not taken any measure to set it right."

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