Nation Current Affairs 11 Feb 2019 Indiranagar turns in ...

Indiranagar turns into dust bowl

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | AKSHEEV THAKUR
Published Feb 11, 2019, 1:54 am IST
Updated Feb 11, 2019, 1:54 am IST
According to the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) construction activity contributes 22% to the air pollution in the city.
The residents also alleged that private contractors were not taking precautions while pulling down old building to build new ones.
 The residents also alleged that private contractors were not taking precautions while pulling down old building to build new ones.

The residents of this upscale locality have a long list of woes. Roads have been dug up to lay cables and footpaths are uneven with slabs either broken or not properly fixed. Anyone using them risks falling into the drain. There is also a flurry of building construction activity in the area and the contractors are not taking any precautions despite nearby residents complainingof dust entering their homes

BENGALURU: In the bylanes of upscale Indiranagar, civic apathy reigns. The residents have a long list of woes ranging from roads dug to lay cables to uneven footpaths, which often pose a hazard to users.

 

The residents also alleged that private contractors were not taking precautions while pulling down old building to build new ones. They also lamented that civic authorities have turned a blind eye to these activities.

“There is a flurry of building construction activity in 13 A Main and 13 B Main. Some of the building promoters are not taking precautionary measure of cover up the old buildings during demolition, which results in dust and construction materials entering into nearby houses. After demolition, the debris lie on the spot for days,” said Arvind (name changed), a local resident.

According to the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) construction activity contributes 22% to the air pollution in the city.

The residents also allege that water tankers were drawing water pumped illegally from borewells in the area and sell it for commercial purposes.

The walkways in the ward are also broken and uneven. “There are uneven slabs in the ward, especially in the alleys. Many of these slabs are not properly fixed and may cave in anytime. Broken footpath, illegal dumping of garbage and bad roads have always been major areas of concern. Hope the administration listens and get them fixed soon,” said Saurabh Sharma, a local resident. As for demolition of buildings he said this was a major concern not only in Indiranagar but the entire city.

‘I will send engineers to check’
Q&A with Corporator C.R. Laxminarayan

Residents in 13 A Main and 13 B Main have complained about the water being drawn illegally from borewells by tanker operators.
I believe the area comes under Jogupalaya ward. In my ward I have not allowed a single illegal water pumping ground. I will anyway get it checked.

There is lot of construction activity in Indiranagar and  contractors do not take precautions to cover the area and the dust enters neighbouring houses. This amounts to violation of KSPCB norms.
I will send the engineers and if this is found to be true we will issue notice. Not a single resident in my ward can complain of me not taking action against such issues. They can put this in the WhatsApp group and immediately
their concern will be rectified. The residents do not even need to come to my home; I am just a call away.

What are you doing to repair the broken footpaths and dug up roads in your ward?
The tenders have been called to repair the footpaths and soon it will done.

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Location: India, Karnataka, Bengaluru




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