BENGALURU: Officials of civic bodies have woken up to an extent after an initiative by Express in Anand nagar, but a lot needs to be done.
On January 21, Express had arranged Express Connect — a meeting between residents of Anandnagar and officials of civic bodies pertaining to the locality. The residents had highlighted a plethora of issues and the officials had taken note of them. In some cases, the officials had promised solutions within specific timeframes, which ranged from two weeks to two months. There has been some headway, but officials have mostly defaulted on their promises.
Express examined the locality to check for visible changes, which were found in a park in front of the Ganesh temple. Earlier, the park had mud tracks and rides weren’t fitted. Now, the track has been fitted with tiles and all but one of the rides are in place. Ward corporator Anand Kumar said the park will be ready by next week. Kumar added that a few roads have been asphalted and owners of three vacant sites have been issued notices to clean up their plots where vegetation has overgrown. For all the other issues, he said the processes have been started and it would take more time for their resolution.
Problems that persist
A transformer which had to be shifted owing to its haphazard location causing traffic problems is still there and the parks still have no streetlights.
One of the major demands of the residents was the introduction of a bus service from Anandnagar. The nearest bus stop is up to 1.5km away. BMTC officials had agreed to begin services within two weeks. BMTC Divisional Traffic Officer M S Chandrashekar (who had attended Express Connect) and Manager of RT Nagar bus depot Satish M R insisted that the bus 115A has begun operating and goes through Anandnagar Main Road. But residents denied this. Captain Chandrashekar, whose house is on the main road, said he was 100 per cent sure. The corporator added that regular bus service will start in the next 10 days.
The issues raised by Ranganath, a resident, at Express Connect, included a borewell which needs to be serviced, a stormwater drain which needs cleaning, moving the transformer on 1st Cross road and the need to cut trees which caused inconvenience.
Another resident, M M Kotian had complained about how a tree in front of his house on 4th Main Road, AGS Layout, was a potential hazard as it was leaning to one side and could fall on his house. The meet seems to have had an effect on forest officials, who did arrive to chop the tree. But after cutting a few branches, they had to stop as an electric wire was in the way.