K R Puram: Acute water woes; encroached lakes

K R Puram constituency has areas that were newly added to the BBMP. Hence the civic issues here are also many, compared to core city areas. HAL Airport and DRDO division come under this constituency. So do ITPL, Tin Factory and ITI (Indian Telephone Industries).

K R Pura is a large constituency covering nine wards – Horamavu, Ramamurthy Nagar, Vijnana Pura, K R Pura, Basavanapura, Devasandra, A Narayanapura, Vijnana Nagar and HAL Airport. The constituency is BJP-dominated. Eight out of nine wards here have BJP corporators; only Basavanapura has a Congress corporator.

The main issue here is water shortage. Until recently, there was no Cauvery water supply here at all. Once the Cauvery stage 4 phase 2 supply was inaugurated last October, residents were hopeful of getting water. Many households in this constituency have already paid the BWSSB and got new connections. But water still does not reach most houses here; even those that get water, do not get it regularly.

There are no UGD connections here as well. Sewage seeps underground from cesspits, causing ground water to be contaminated. Residents also complain of frequent power cuts.

Most parts of the constituency have bad roads ridden with potholes, and there are only mud roads in some areas. Devasandra Road, for instance, is narrow and is also encroached by vendors. "Accidents are very common in this road. There is a proposal to widen the road, but nothing has been done," says Gupteswar Sharma, a Basavanpura resident who has been actively working on civic issues.

Even the Outer Ring Road that passes through KR Pura is in bad condition. Traffic congestion is also severe along this road, especially near Tin Factory and KR Pura hanging bridge. Street lights are lacking in many areas; poor garbage clearance and stray dogs are other issues.

Sri Sai Layout in Horamavu ward is a low-lying area that gets flooded during rains. There was a proposal to improve the Rajakaluve nearby, to channelise rainwater properly, but nothing has been done yet.

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Lake encroachment is a common complaint here. New buildings come up on dried up lake beds, or sometimes lake bed is filled up with mud to facilitate construction. Residents say that construction is being done on Horamavu, Devasandra lakes etc., and that Kalkere lake is being filled with mud.

Because of water shortage, illegal borewells are also dug here. "Many borewells are dug in the space in between roads and drains, which is actually government land. Pipes from these borewells can be seen going to individual houses," says Gupteshwar Sharma, a resident.

Sharma says that water suppliers also buy small patches of land in residential areas and dig commercial borewells there. "Such land is usually bought near lakes, especially in areas like Kodigehalli and Ayyappa Nagar. There is a better chance for them to find water there." As in other parts of the city, hardly anyone registers their borewells, despite a new law mandating this.

Incumbent MLA

Last time, the voter turnout was very low here – only about 43% of people had voted, out of the 3.14 lakh registered voters. The number of voters has gone up to 3.39 lakh now.

Incumbent MLA is N S Nandiesha Reddy of BJP. A realtor, Reddy is a first-time MLA. His net worth is around Rs 108 crore now. In the 2008 election, he had won by a margin of 9770 votes. He had won 49% of the vote share (66741 votes).

He has been associated with the RSS since the early 90s. In 1999, he became an active BJP worker. He was allotted a G-category site by the Yeddyurappa government. He has spent about Rs 2 crore from his MLA LAD (Local Area Development) funds. (MLAs are supposed to get Rs 5 crore as LAD funds overall.) He has asked 10 questions in the assembly so far.

According to a study by the non-profit PRS Legislative Research, Reddy had only 79% attendance in the first 10 assembly sessions of this government.

High Court had set aside Reddy’s election last year, based on a petition of an independent candidate who could not contest the election as the Returning Officer had rejected her nomination. But Supreme Court later gave a stay on the High Court order.


Candidate Party – Symbol Total Assets/Liabilities & Cases Details
N S Nandiesha Reddy
BJP – Lotus Total assets – Rs 118.9 cr
Total liabilities – Rs 11.04 cr
Accused in two cases:
1) Cr.no.339/07 at Mahadevapura police station under IPC sections 143,427,353,506, 149
2) Special case CC 99/2010 u/s 200 Cr.PC, u/s 3(v)(viii)(ix)(x)(xi),3(2)(1) of the KSCST Atrocities Act
Ph: 32471719/ 98440 17491
https://www.facebook.com/ NandishReddyNS/info?ref=stream
Occupation: Businessman and Agriculturist. Current MLA of the constituency.
Education: PUC (SSLC from Vimanapura High School in 1987 and PUC from Vijaya College, Bangalore in 1989).
Wife is a homemaker, has three children.
Gowra Sri Nilaya, 3rd Main Road, Behind Government School,   Doddanekkundi,  Bangalore-37
B A  Basavaraja
INC – Hand Total assets – 138.6 cr
Total liabilities – Rs 7.2 cr
Charges were framed against him in four cases – Case No. 110/12 under IPC sections 420, 463, 464, 465, 467, 468, 470, 471, 120(B), 149; Case No. 112/12, Case No. 113/12, Case No. 114/12
Ph: 9844029229 / 9900571699
Occupation: Farming and business. Is BBMP corporator of Hoodi ward.
Education: BA
Wife is a homemaker.
93/94, Chandraiyya Layout, Rippco, Shanthinikethan Road,  Medahalli, Bangalore-49
Ravi Prakash J
JD(S) – A  farmer
carrying paddy on
her head
Total assets – Rs 7.6 cr Ph: 9844075965
Occupation: Business
Education: B Sc
Wife is a homemaker.
Nagasandra, Yamalur Post,
R Sathya Narayana
KJP – Coconut No assets and liabilities declared Ph: 9901893301
Occupation: Social worker
Education: 10th std, 1st PUC
No-12/1, New Binamangala,
Old Madras Road, Indiranagar,
Pairosa Pasha
BSRC – Ceiling fan Total assets – Rs 62,000 Ph: 7259253442
Occupation: Self employed
Wife is a homemaker.
No-128/B, Krishnarajapura,
A.K. Colony , New Layout,
K.R.Puram, Bangalore-36.
Gowramma CPI(M) – Hammer, sickle and star   No-103,
Mahadeshwara Nilaya,
Jaybharath Road, Nethravathi
layout, K.R.Pura, Bangalore-
Srinivas N BSP – Elephant   No-364/1, Adarsha Vista,
Basava Nagara, Narayanapura,
Anupama M L JD(U) – Arrow   No-296,
”MOHNISH” 5th main road,
3rd Cross,
Sadananda Nagara,
NGEF Layout, Bangalore-38
P P Appanna CPI(ML) Liberation – Candles   No-24/1, 1st Cross Road,
Rajeev Nagara,
Kasthuri Nagara, Bangalore-

As many as seven independent candidates are contesting. To view the list of candidates, their serial numbers and signs in the polling booth, click here.

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Navya has 12 years of experience in journalism, covering development, urban governance and environment. She was earlier Senior Journalist, Citizen Matters, and Reporter, The New Indian Express. She has also freelanced for publications such as The News Minute, Factor Daily and India Together. Navya won the All India Environment Journalism Award, 2013, for her investigative series on the environmental violations of an upcoming SEZ in Bengaluru, published in Citizen Matters. She also won the PII-UNICEF fellowship in 2016 to report on child rights in Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Navya has an MA in Political Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University, and a PG Diploma from the Asian College of Journalism.