In one of the many public appearances that Ramalinga Reddy, MLA, (Congress-BTM Layout constituency) is making these days, he visited the ST Bed area on 21 June, Saturday. The residents of ST Bed area organised a meeting comprising of all the officers from the different government departments including the BBMP, BWSSB, BDA, Police, etc. The stage was decked with around a dozen people including the Reddy. Around a 100 people attended this meeting.
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Before the meeting Reddy had already been visiting the area, since his victory in the elections. He recently inaugurated the asphalting of a few roads in Koramangala, in the 3rd Block, 6th Block, and more.
The meeting began with a letter complied by the residents of ST Bed, Friends Colony, Cauvery colony together describing the major problems of these areas.
The main problems involved undone roads that are in no condition to be used. While water supply, sanitation also were a cause of concern for many specially for people living in Friends colony. The MLA mentioned that a total of Rs.6 crores has been allotted for Koramangala and Ejjipura area for tarring.
Reddy appeared patient in listening to the grievances and answered queries while asking the officers in-charge to respond as well. But soon enough, the agitation in the public was visible and some citizens started shouting. People even reached the dias and crowded around it.
The major frustration: citizens wanted a time bound activity of development. To this Reddy said: "Work would be done in three weeks and if any officer is not cooperating or if the work is not happening then the public is free to call on my personal mobile number." He announced his number on the mike. (9480143777)
People were unsatisfied with the answers of M P Kishore, a technical manager and officer in-charge from the Karnataka Land Army Corporation(KLAC). He claimed to have cleared debris regularly from the roads and finishing the road constructions on time. To this, residents showed their disbelief and gave him examples of the Nirguna Mandir Road.
The residents repeatedly complained about the Shinivagalu Main Road, 4th Main, which is not in a good shape and is one of the most used roads. Along with that a lot of people complained that once the road construction finishes, the rocks and debris are left on the footpath only creating troubles for the people who have to walk through and for those who live nearby.
Reddy for his part, referred to major works currently being undertaken including storm water drains, drinking water supply, road asphalting and desilting of the storm water drains. He said that he is taking special interest in asphalting of roads and all the roads in the area will be done by the month of August. The BBMP medical officer for health for Kormangala, M Jayaprakash promised that the stray dog menace and mosquito trouble would be soon solved.
While the officers were repeating "madthini sir" (‘we will do it’), the MLA got annoyed. He asked them not to just nod their heads but show something in actions. He has asked the officers to get signatures from at least two households every street once the work is totally done and that the debris are removed.
Furthermore, some active citizen groups came up with additional issues like garbage clearance, and collection of garbage from the Maharaja Restaurant Junction which happens to be the entry to ST Bed area. As one enters, the first thing visible is the garbage dump.
Muralidhar Rao, a resident of Mantri Classic Apartments suggested that the whole process of garbage collection and dumping should be scientifically managed. Secondly he also pointed the hanging cables and wires posing a constant threat to the residents hence even that needs urgent attention.
To all this, MLA Reddy seemed very ambitious and accepted most of the suggestions. One of his personnel noted down each and every point made in the meeting. How much of the notes moves out of the notebook and comes to reality is for everyone to wait and watch. ⊕