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Fixing creaking city infra tops wishlist of voters


BENGALURU: Pointing out that the BBMP is but to begin paintings on widening the underpass below the Panathur-Balagere Main Road, which is notorious for site visitors gridlocks and bumpy rides, citizens of Mahadevpura zone demanded immediate action on creating fundamental highway infrastructure at an open discussion board and “Meet Your MP Candidates” match held for citizens of the Bengaluru Central constituency here on Sunday. The underpass connects Whitefield, Panathur and Varthur to the Outer Ring Road.

Constructing good-quality arterial roads abutting the Outer Ring Road, revival and redevelopment of frothing Bellandur and Varthur lakes as leisure spots and finding a approach to site visitors congestion and last-mile connectivity issues, have been some of the demands raised at the match attended by citizens of Mahadevapura, Rajajinagar, Chamarajpet, Gandhinagar, Shivajinagar, Shantinagar, Sarvagnanagar and CV Raman Nagar. They posed questions to BJP candidate PC Mohan, Congress’ Rizwan Arshad and independent contender Prakash Raj.


Residents of Mahadevpura narrated how despite the area being dubbed the ‘Silicon Valley’ of Bengaluru with high-rise buildings, sprawling IT parks and posh apartments, the absence of fundamental facilities reminiscent of good high quality roads and irregular supply of water continues to plague them.

Sheetal Kulkarni, a software engineer, said, “Nothing has been completed up to now in regards to the Panathur railway underpass the place site visitors crawls and even deaths have happened because of the dangerous high quality of the road. An RTI question, which we had sent, has published that the Indian Railways has already given the green light for the mission and directed the BBMP virtually six years ago to acquire land for it. The BBMP has no longer taken any steps to enhance the infrastructure in the IT corridor as Mahadevpura persisted to grow.”

A resident of Nallurahalli talked in regards to the loss of fundamental infrastructure in the area. “Do the citizens of this house no longer deserve proper footpaths, good roads and working streetlights?” he wondered.


Fast-tracking the suburban rail mission, securing a devoted ‘Special Purpose Fund’ for the IT corridor, making ready an action plan for water safety, redevelopment of Bellandur and Varthur lakes and tackling the air pollution in Bengaluru have been the important thing demands in the citizen’s manifesto, introduced to the candidates.


While fielding a question on answers to the site visitors gridlock in the house, Mohan said, “Mahadevpura needs its personal masterplan for mobility. I will be able to also make certain that the suburban rail mission is taken up and completed in the next five years.”


Rizwan, meanwhile, said that a couple of ‘structural’ issues in the BBMP must be mounted, transferring forward. “The BBMP must be restructured and remodeled into a strong mechanism,” he said.


Prakash Raj pointed to the creation of extra jobs as one in every of his key focus areas. “Deep systemic changes need to be made and there should be a transparent imaginative and prescient to deal with the unorganized sector of workers, make certain that all youngsters get schooling of equal high quality and recharge the water table in the city,” he said.


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