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Listing points I'd like to be taken up at Egipura Ward (No148) Committee meet

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Listing below points that I's like taken up at the Egipura Ward (No 148) Committee meet scheduled for 11AM on 1st Dec, '18:
 
1) Flood mitigation plan: What had been told to us is that a pipe is being laid below the road from near Sony World junction to near Kamal Bakery junction, where the water will be collected in a wet-well, and pumped through another web of pipes (below the SWD) to the Bellandur lake. Can we have more details on the project, as also the current status?
 
2) New Sewage line: 6ft dia pipes are currently being laid in the Nirguna mandir layout main road, supposedly to convey sewage from near Games Village/ New Mantri mall/ Passport office area to Bellandur lake via the SWD/ S T Bed layout 1st main (check here). Where is the STP for this going to be located? Wouldn't it have been better (and much cheaper) to have the STP located near the source itself, particularly when all new housing complexes with 50 units or more are having to set up their own captive STP's? Also, what is the current status of the project?
 
3) SWD: Why is sewage flowing in our SWD's? Is there an overall map of the existing sewage disposal system peretaining to the ward/ area? Can it be made accessible to the public?
 
4) Power Supply: BESCOM supply is seen to be very erratic, seriuosly affecting the quality of life, including of the common man. Very often, when supply is restored after a break/ interruption/ shut-down/ load-shedding, it is found that the phases are reversed, posing a great hazard to equipment of all types. This is apart from the huge consumption of costly diesel oil for operating gen-sets, which is in turn adding hugely to severe air pollution.  
 
At a meeting held almost a month back, the MLA had stated that he will take up the matter of improving the power supply to near 100% reliability level (as in Delhi, Mumbai, etc), by privatising, if required (check here). What is the status on that?
 
5) Walkability: Along a number of roads, the only provision for walking is on slabs laid on road-side drains. This is totally unacceptable, more so with many slabs laid in an uneven manner, many broken and many missing, making it all very hazardous for the pedestrian. What is needed is "TenderSure" quality walk-ways/ foot-paths.
 
I will add more as we go along.  
 
Muralidhar Rao
 

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1) Akrama galore: The ward, particularly the so-called revenue layouts, is teeming with buildings constructed in total violation of all rules, be it set-back, fire safety, et al. Apparently, many have not even engaged qualified professionals for structural design, leading to quite a few mishaps too, most often with fatalities - check here for more on the subject. And, this is an on-going process, even as the highest court in the country itself has ordered out-right demolition of such buildings - check here. Is the BBMP waiting for someone to file contempt petition?     
 
2) Commercialisation: This is another area where the court has issued clear orders to close down establishments not properly licenced to carry on their trades. Why has no action been taken yet?
 
3) Borewells: There is severe over-exploitation of ground water resources, and very little re-charge happening, partly on account of the concretisation of the SWD's. What are the plans in the ward/ constituency for sustainable solutions to the impending problems we are faced with in this critical area? Check here for possible answers. 
 
4) Cattle rearing: With the dairy industry having established itself fairly well in the country, it is neither practical nor economical (nor hygienic) to be rearing cattle right in the heart of a city. Can the people involved be compensated adequately and close down the activity? - check here for more details. 
 
5) Traffic: With the Egipura-Madiwala fly-over coming up, Koramangalites have been deprived of an opportunity to have METRO connectivity. While this is unfortunate, even more unfortunate is the fact there does not appear to be any effective feeder bus service to the closest Metro station in Indiranagar, leading to all of Koramangalites having to take out their personal vehicles, even for their work-day commutes, jamming up the roads all over. The problem can be very easily addressed by allowing for an "almost Social-enterprise-PPP" model for bus services - check here. The WC needs to pursue this with the City government.
  
Going back to the Egipura-Madiwala fly-over, the plans for handling the traffic that will build up at the bottlenecks at the up/ down ramps (which spots are already cramped) are not clear. Can some clarity be provided?
 
Further, a road connecting Egipura junction and Sarjapur road (at Agara lake-front) had been proposed in the 2015 master-plan. This is crucial in view of the massive housing projects coming up in the Nirguna-Mandir layout area. What is the status of that?
 
Also, the traffic police has made the Srinivagilu village road one-way (for 3 & 4 - wheelers) allowing for flow of traffic towards the Egipura junction. S T Bed layout residents are largely of the opinion that the flow in the reverse direction will be better in everyone's interest. Perhaps, this could be taken up with the traffic police authorities. 
 
6) White topping: While many of the roads in the ward/ constituency have been taken up for white-topping work, the fear is that proper provisions for running utility lines may not have been made, leading to extremely disruptive and costly re-works whenever new connections are required to be provided (or repairs of existing connections are to be undertaken). As such, it would be best if the white-topping, very costly as it is, is limited to just the arterial roads, with adequate provisionings made for utility lines, well in advance. 
 
7) Telecom cables: The entire constituency is looking extremely shabby with telecom cables slung all over on trees, light poles, etc in a most dis-orderly fashion. It is a shame that the tech capital of the country has allowed things to go on this way, even a small city like Raipur (MP) is working on doing it in an orderly way - check here
 
8) Dumping of waste into SWD: This has become a regular feature now. It is most shocking that the culprits haven't yet been identified and deterrent punishment meted out to them, to prevent their committing such offence repeatedly. This needs immediate attention.  
 
9) Vending/ Hawking zones: Well over two years back, the High Court had ordered the #BBMP to identify and establish hawking zones (perhaps a minumum of one in each ward) - check here. Now for want of the same, all open spaces across the ward (and in fact the entire city), more importantly the footpaths, are increasingly seen to be occupied by vendors, posing all kinds of problems to pedestrians as also the tax-paying shop-keepers. A co-ordinated plan for addressing this problem needs to be taken up.
 
10) Sanitation: With the on-going construction activities of massive housing complexes in the Nirguna Mandir layout, the contractors are supposedly arranging for housing the labour in 'shanties' in the nearby open sites. The question that arises thereof is on the sanitation aspects in these shanties, more so because of the spread of Chickengunya, Dengue, Malaria and other viral diseases that are showing up in epidemic proprtions in the recent past. What are the steps the health department is taking with regard to these? 

 

Muralidhar Rao
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ward committee is a wonderful

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ward committee is a wonderful development..which is crucial in a democracy..hope it can be emulated elsewhere in the state soon

About the points you mention above sir, they are all very valid and need immdiate attention..

However was wondering if bringing a structure to these meetings could take precedence..

I was thinking the we could start with something like the following:

  1. Getting to know how the ward work is done (handling garbage to laying roads and utilities etc). The corporators could do a presentation on it.
  2. What is the budget that the individual wards have, what are the projections.
  3. What are the current work being done and what is the history. If there is no history being maintained, we might want to get a  structure to maintain one.
  4. What are regular mainatenance projects and what are adhoc/emergency

In all, we might want to first learn how they work and then try to prop our items as citizens of the ward.

 

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