Koramangala 1st block, 1st cross, has sewage water overflowing on the roads. The overflow leaves an unbearable stench. This problem has been persisting for over four months now.
Residents believe that garbage dumped inside the sewage drains by the restaurants around and the nearby Sulabh public toilet, is causing it to overflow. BWSSB says the pipeline carrying the sewage is too narrow to carry the load and the problem is being examined.
Dr. Malini Jayasurya, a resident, says, "we have complained several times to BWSSB. They come, charge money, clean up and go. The next day, situation is the same." She added that she has lost count of the number of complaints and payments done to the BWSSB but it has not been resolved yet. The complaints to the restaurant managers have also not yielded any results.
Rajesh Shetty, Manager, Udupi Upahar says, "we have complained to the BWSSB and they said the pipeline carrying the sewage is damaged. They will repair it soon." He however denies dumping waste into the sewage pipes. "We have filters fitted in the sink. No garbage chunk can pass through that," he says.
Ashok Singh, worker at Sulabh Toilet says, "whenever the pipeline overflows, I call up the BWSSB and they come and clean up. They don’t clean for free. I pay them Rs. 1500."
T Venkatraju, Chief Engineer, BWSSB, says, "we are inspecting the actual cause of the overflow of sewage lines there. Once we get the reason, we will get the work sanctioned by the higher authorities and get it started. In the meantime, we are getting it cleaned regularly."
When Citizen Matters asked him about workers demanding money to do the clean up, he denied it and insisted that residents should not pay. ⊕