When do we want good infra? Right now


By Upama Upadhyaya and Hamza Irfan Qazi

Residents and industry representatives hit the streets in protest against poor infrastructure, civic apathy

Bad roads and poor infrastructure are not just affecting residents, but the industrial sector is also facing the brunt. Citizens and industry representatives came out on the streets to raise their voices against the administration.

The residents of Shikaripalya and surrounding areas staged a protest to highlight the terrible conditions of roads and unattended sewage issues. Shikaripalya is close to Electronic City phase one. However, the area doesn’t come under the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) limits. The area falls under the Hulimangala Panchayat jurisdiction.

Staging a protest on Saturday, the residents complained that roads are underdeveloped in the area. They highlighted issues like lack of sewage line and unruly waste disposal.

Resident Sajimon Chandran said, “The roads are damaged and are filled with potholes. The roads were fixed almost four years ago. But, due to bad quality of work, the roads were damaged within a month. We have approached the authorities, but there is no change in the status. No one is willing to take responsibility. The panchayat says that there is shortage of funds.”

Another resident Ishan Singh said, “There is no sewage line in the area. Most of the residents are disposing sewage in the stormwater drain or into Shikaripalya Lake. We written to the panchayat but no action has been taken.”

According to residents, the panchayat has not designated any dump yard for garbage disposal. Resident Ram Pandey said, “Setting up an STP will address the problems. The lake water can remain clean. We have been fighting for this since two years.”

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Load shedding woes

Power cuts are not just bothering those working from home but also the industrial sector. The members of the Machohalli small scale industries have been protesting the frequent power cuts which are affecting their productivity. They allege that frequent power cuts are causing them huge losses and undeveloped roads are chasing away their customers. They allege that the problems have continued for over a decade without adequate help from officials.

Over 1,500 manufacturing production companies are located in Machohalli, off Magadi road where more than 25,000 people are working in various small scale industries associations.

“Due to regular unscheduled power cuts during working hours, we are falling back on production and are unable to deliver. We do not even receive prior alerts from the electricity board. We are also paying wages for hours when no work can be done,” says KNN Murthy, owner of a small scale manufacturing plant of air pollution control equipment. “We support the nation by exporting goods. We are giving jobs to thousands. We pay heavy taxes but there is no infrastructure. Many foreign customers come to us, but, they see the very poor infrastructure of this area and are driven away,” Murthy adds.

The plastic industry is the worst hit, according to sources. “When the power suddenly goes off during our manufacturing process, the heat goes off in the plastic moulding machines and all the plastic solidifies inside and goes to waste,” says Mr Suresh N Sagar, the secretary of Machohalli small scale industries association.



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