BENGALURU: Residents of various localities in the city are standing up for their rights and taking to the streets to vent their ire over the poor civic services of Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike.
On Sunday, people staged a protest against open dumping of garbage along Lavelle Road. In a protest planned along the lines of ‘Whitefield rising’, residents of Sarjapur have also planned a massive protest on December 18.
K R Harinarayan, residing near Lavelle Road, told Express that a particular point on Lavelle Road has been continuously used as a ‘transit point’ to dump garbage. “We have demanded the civic authorities to provide a sorting centre and prevent illegal dumping of garbage along the road,” he said.
ORR Sarjapur Rising
Another public movement, which is along the lines of ‘Whitefield Rising’, is ‘ORR Sarjapur Rising’. According to the Facebook page of the same name, a protest has been scheduled at four different locations near Sarjapur Outer Ring Road.
The protests will be held at Iblur junction, Wipro junction and Cessna Park. They have also started promoting the hashtag #FixMyRoad to draw the attention of civic authorities regarding the poor condition of roads in the area.
Their immediate demands include fixing of potholes and relaying Outer Ring Road, Sarjapur Road and other internal roads in the area, covering open drains, ensuring garbage-free sidewalks, scientific planning of junctions, removal of encroachments on major roads and constituting a committee including elected representatives, residents and government agencies to sort out these issues.
Their long-term demands are release of a Detailed Project Report to widen the congested Sarjapur Road, identifying alternative routes, acquiring additional land for road widening, implementation of new roads under Comprehensive Development Plan-2015 and to introduce plans for mass transit in the area.
A petition has also been started on Change.org, requesting Bengaluru Development Minister K J George to fix infrastructure issues.