Watch: HSR Layout residents are making sweeping changes
The residents of HSR Layout set a new benchmark for citizen participation when they achieved near-hundred percent
Now they’ve done one better. This time, a group of residents from HSR Layout have come out of their own volition to tackle overgrown weeds, illegally parked vehicles, black spots and neglected footpaths.
From 3 to 48
Three residents began clearing the overgrown weeds from both sides of 24th Main of HSR Layout, 2nd Sector on December 6. Now, the number of residents participating in the cleaning drive has increased to 48.
“We did not insist on other residents joining us. Initially, we were only three members. Now, we are 48 and hope more and more residents join us to improve civic amenities in the area,’’ says Ramakanth Nargund, a resident.
We did not insist on other residents joining us. Initially, we were only three members. Now, we are 48 and hope more and more residents join us
— Ramakanth Nargund, a resident
Now with the group adding numbers, Nargund said that he has succeeded in convincing and motivating residents of 24 apartments on the 24th Main to contribute some money to clear black spots. “Some of them have come forward to bear the cost of paint needed to beautify the black spots. I am very happy to see a few children from Rajaji Nagar and other areas joining us to beautify the black spots,’’ he said.
Emphasising the need of residents’ participation in improving the civic amenities in the area, V Lalithamba, co-founder of
She said that the stretch had become an illegal parking lot for vehicles. “There were instances of vehicles parked there for months. Now, the road is free from illegally parked vehicles. A few residents used to dump waste on the footpath that was covered with overgrown parthenium weeds,’’ she said.
Kamesh Rasthogi, a member of Kudlu Harlur Haralakunte Somsunderpalya Parangipalya (KHHSP) Residents’ Welfare Association, said that residents have taken up this initiative and want to replicate it in other areas too.
“The footpath on 24th Main was in a very bad condition for more than a decade. I managed to reach a lot of residents through the Rethinking Community on Facebook, Twitter and email. The BBMP Special Commissioner (Solid Waste Management) Randeep D has agreed to visit this spot on December 31 and this is very encouraging,’’ said
Meanwhile, a few children have enthusiastically left their artistic mark on the cleared black spots. “I did a Warli painting,” said eight-year old Prachi with a smile.
The neighbourhood that works together, benefits together.