Whitefield residents come onto the streets to protest against bad roads

 

The death of a toddler, last week, due to the terrible condition of the roads in Rajpalya, Near Hoodi circle made the city and the residents of Whitefield sit up, take notice and subsequently, take appropriate action.

Disturbed by the unfortunate accident, residents of various communities in the Whitefield area, came together on Saturday, December 7, 2013 to protest against the pathetic condition of roads as well as related infrastructure: lack of pavements, medians, street lights, haphazard parking of BMTC buses, container trucks, lorries and water tankers – all adding to the chaos every single day.

More than 200 people from residential communities of Whitefield came down to the streets on a Saturday morning to make themselves heard. A peaceful protest march began from Chaitanya Samarpan on SH 35 near Kadugodi, and proceeded towards Hope Farm Junction and then on to Prestige Shantiniketan near ITPL, where many more people from various other communities joined the march.

Everyone then marched from Prestige Shantiniketan to handover a petition to the Joint Commissioner, BBMP – Mr Devraj. The protest found a number of supporters along the way, and people echoed the citizens’ initiative and their activism to make our voices heard.

Upon reaching Mahadevpura BBMP office, the residents found more support in Mr.RK Misra (www.rkmisra.in), who was also meeting Mr Devraj for the same problems. 

The Jt. Commissioner, Devraj addressed the residents’ group and promised action and concrete steps in the one month demanded by residents. 


Whitefield residents have been making continuous individual efforts to upgrade the infrastructure of this area, but no one listened. The Whitefield, EPIP zone and ITPL area is a massive IT hub with lakhs of people working in various companies located here. Every one of these people faces a daily ordeal getting to and from their offices — but our elected representatives, BBMP and government officials don’t seem to be concerned.

A major stretch of road from Ulsoor – Old Madras Road – KR Puram – Hope Farm – Kadugodi right upto the Kolar Road (SH35) intersection, which witnesses extremely heavy traffic, is in the most dilapidated condition, and authorities have turned a total blind eye to this. It appears that that are absolutely unconcerned about peoples’ health, vehicles or loss of productivity.

A few months ago, a long stretch of road in the area was dug up by GAIL to lay its pipelines. However, once the work was completed, the roads were left as is — in a pile of loose soil, sand and fine dust. In the current state, a mere 5 minute walk on this road is enough to give any asthmatic patient a major attack.

Fed up with this lackadaisical attitude, complete apathy and inactivity from the government and other concerned authorities, and jolted into action by the recent tragic accident, residents of the area decided that it was time to launch a public protest. They were led by resident Veerendra Mishra from Prestige Shantiniketan, who initiated this call for a public protest.

Community representatives like Madhu Poduval from Skylark Arcadia, Manoj Jhanji from Waterwoods, Suhas Nerurkar from Palm Meadows, Anantharaman Ramasamy from Chaitanya Samarpan, Manoj S from Mahavir Varna, Anand Bhardwaj from Golden Blossom, among many others circulated information about the protest among their fellow residents and friends and also participated in the protest march.  

The residents group also submitted a petition to the Joint commissioner, BBMP clearly and categorically stating their demands. This petition is also being sent to the local MLA, Bangalore Mayor and Deputy Mayor, as well as to the Commissioner BBMP and other ward councillors.

The Whitefield residents group left the BBMP office with a resolve to up the ante, if they see little or no action on the demands put forward by the residents. Aware of the pace at which things move in our government offices, the residents know they have a long battle ahead but they are ready for this and are in it for the long haul. The next course of action will be decided in consultation with all communities, and this could be along the lines of a peaceful day-long dharna in front of the local MLA and BBMP Commissioner’s office.

Pictures of the protest can be found at – http://flic.kr/s/aHsjNDuMUR.

Video clipping of Jt. Commissioner, Devraj, addressing the residents group and promising action in one month: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9riKNrqwpj8.

Copy of the petition submitted to Joint commissioner, BBMP can be found here.

3 Comments

  1. I just came from Canada for a short visit. I found Whitefield area so good for all the MNC who are into IT biz. At the same time i am shocked to see the undisciplined traffic and horrible roads. I was told that whitefield companies contributes most tax in the Bangalore.
    Still noone is there to take care of whitefield citizens. I feel sorry for them and also for much bangaloreans.

  2. Hoodi Circle: For the last 6 weeks, turning from Basavannagara Main Road onto ITPL Main Road towards ITPL has been blocked (by a local politician or BTP). This has not only inconvenienced thousands of people who stay on this road and work in ITPL area and also those need to enter this road from KRPuram side (including school & college commuters on this road).

    Those of us who stay on this road are forced to first turn left towards Hoodi circle and then take a U turn in case we need to go towards ITPL. Have you see the depth of the pot-holes on either side of the roads? We will have to wait for another person to die before the main road to ITPL gets repaired.

    When we are returning from KRPuram direction, we have to cross the closed path and then again take a U turn near Novozymes where already the road is curved which is making it all the more dangerous.

    Vehicles like trucks keep parking on the roadside which ends up blocking traffic.

    Please revert to the old arrangement. If you evaluate the result of the change, you will see that it was much better with the earlier arrangement.

  3. This is good sign.. more and more should come out and spare sometime to protest. The area MLA should know that time is not far when good parties like AAP will start contesting from bangalore..

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