When do we want good infra? Right now
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
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.”
According to residents, the panchayat has not designated any dump yard for garbage disposal.
Load shedding woes
Power cuts are not just bothering those working from home but also the industrial sector. The members of the
Over 1,500 manufacturing production companies are located in Machohalli, off
“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.