On June 24th, the Bannerghatta Road Neighbourhood Association (BANA) organised "Connect", a knowledge sharing seminar at Purva Panorama Apartments at Bannerghata Road. BANA is a federation formed by a group of RWAs of apartments and layouts in and around on Bannerghatta Road. The forum will be used to resolve common issues and create a strong local community. The founding members include resident associations of L&T South City, Purva Panorama, South Avenue Layout, Pride Regalia, Ajmera Green Acres, Vithola Apartments, Nandi Park, Mantri Woodlands, Esteem Enclave etc.
The seminar was inaugurated by Bangalore South MLA M Krishnappa. Dr. Harsha, DCP South East, launched BANA’s online portal (www.nammabana.in).
Krishnappa promised the residents, his support to solve major issues they face. “Small issues like garbage not being cleared, drainages etc., you can sort out easily. If the problem is beyond your control, let me know in writing, I will be there with you,” said Krishnappa.
Gurudutt Rao, Vice President of BANA, Vivek Baliga, Joint Secretary, and Kedar Nayak, General Secretary introduced BANA and their vision: To unite the voice and action of residents of Bannerghatta Road on a common platform in governance through active participation in local issues, through ethical and morally upright means.
Knowledge sessions followed this. The attendees listened with rapt attention to the talks on managing security, understanding issues related to solid waste, water and waste water, legal procedures related to RWA registrations, etc.
Raja Sekhar Kommu, Director of Apna Complex an apartment management software company, explained how technology or egovernance can help make the work of an RWA easier. Nagesh explained the issues related to STP operation and KSPCB procedures. He said it is the builder who is responsible for the STP operating properly. RWAs should use the STP handbook published by KSPCB to help verify if their STPs were working properly. He also shared some ideas for improving water situation by using treated water for flushing, recharging ground water with the treated water etc.
Meera K, co-founder, Citizen Matters, talked about various community initiatives like lake rejuvenation, and neighbourhood planning. She also talked about how citizens can use Citizen Matters to share their experiences so others can learn. Akshay Yadav from Janaagraha introduced their portal, ichangemycity.in.
The session concluded with Suneet Kumar V P, L&T South City explaining the importance of apartment associations registering under the KAOA act.