100 days: DIY group has outdone civic agencies


From making pavements pedestrian-friendly to spreading awareness on segregation of waste, this group of volunteers has been making Bengaluru more liveable every day

The Community Task Force (CTF) — a group of volunteers who aim to solve civic issues in the city — will celebrate 100 days of its success story on Tuesday. Since its inception, from removing black spots to getting rid of unused electric poles, the group has helped improve the lives of many citizens and pedestrians.

The CTF has invited Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Chief Engineer (Lakes) Mohan Krishna as chief guest of the event. The Chief Engineer will plant a sapling on Somasundarapalya lake bund to mark the occasion.

“Our first activity was to clean and beautify 24th Main of HSR Layout 2nd Sector. It gives me immense pleasure to participate in beautification of black spots and restoration of footpaths. I am very happy to state that CTF is celebrating its 100 days on Tuesday at Somasundarapalya Lake,’’ said Kamesh Rasthogi, co-founder of the CTF.

According to Ramakant Nargund, founder of the CTF, the core team and volunteers took active part in beautification of roads and footpaths by removing weeds and painting walls. “We have installed concrete benches on 24th Main for the benefit of senior citizens,’’ said Ramakant Nargund.

The CTF volunteers also coordinated with the Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (Bescom) authorities in resolving issues related to power supply or shifting of street light poles and installing street light poles on the roads that were dark for quite a long time.

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“We took the help of Bescom authorities to remove unused or waste electric poles from the footpath to enable senior citizens and pedestrians to walk without any hassles,’’ said Nargund.

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The CTF volunteers have also participated in programmes aimed at creating awareness on the segregation of waste and shifting bus stops to a safe and convenient location at Somasundarapalya. The other contribution of the CTF volunteers was to make electric crematoriums usable by meeting the authorities concerned. The approach road to the crematorium was asphalted recently.

V Lalithamba, co-founder of CTF, said that she was very happy to be a part of the CTF family led by Ramakant Nargund known as Captain Ramakant.

“The journey of CTF started on December 6, 2020. We meet and discuss various activities to be done at the ward level. Sometimes it’s Chai pe Charcha as well. The CTF has given me an important realisation – team work makes dream work,” said Lalithamba.

She said the CTF binds citizens together under one forum. “As a team, we have resolved multiple issues. This forum has helped citizens to get connected with concerned officials. Teamwork gives more energy and synergy to work and take things to a conclusion,’’ she said, adding that CTF concept should spread to other parts of the city as well.



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