The DC’s message on the homepage says, the website “facilitates one to understand the limits of each ward with constituent localities. It allows citizen to understand their virtual migration into new ward from the erstwhile ward in which they were located”. However, that does not seem to be the case.
For example, in the ‘Localities’ option under the ‘Search’ menu, it is unclear if one can search for all localities. Localities such as Sadashivnagar, Aramanenagar and RMV Extension do not appear in the list.
Also, in the interactive maps, some of the roads are named as ‘Other Road’. Hegde says that this is because some roads do not have any name and have therefore been named Other Road.
Another option under ‘Home’ menu is ‘Constituency wise Delimited wards’. Originally, this page was intended to show each assembly constituency with its wards mapped within. But this page currently shows the same as the ACs page. Dr V R Hegde, Executive Director, Zoomin Softech Pvt Ltd, unaware of the problem and says it will be rectified.
For some wards, the boundaries cut through roads and in places, it is not clear which ward one belongs to if you live close to the boundary. Hegde explains that this problem occurs mostly in the peripheral areas. “BBMP should rectify this and change boundaries”, he says, adding that he needs to keep in mind the population of a ward while carrying put this work.
It was recently reported in a city daily that the Urban Development Department has reworked the boundaries of the BBMP wards following objections from public. It was also reported that a notification has been issued in this regard. (Do we just remove this para?)
At the time of writing this story, Citizen Matters encountered errors while accessing the website. On informing Hegde about the problem, he said his “responsibility ceases on the final notification of delimitation” and that the website will continue to function for another month. He, however, fixed the problem that was brought to his notice.
On asking the DC, G N Nayak, about why there were errors while accessing the website, he responded saying, “More than a lakh people have seen this website. I’ll speak to them (Zoomin Softech) and see. If the contract is over, nothing can be done. I’ll check up and see if it is over”.