Monday, September 22, 2008

Yelahanka battles water, traffic woes - Express Buzz

Express Buzz - Yelahanka battles water, traffic woes
YELAHANKA Number of Wards - 2 Ward No 1 - Yelahanka Govindapura, Vasudevapura, Manchenahalli, Venkatala, Chowdeswari layout, Kamakshiamma layout, Yelahanka, Gandhi Nagar, East Colony, Ambedkar Colony, Judicial Layout, Allalasandra, Judicial Colony and Yelahanka Kere.

Ward No 2 - Yelahanka Satellite Town Harohalli, Ananthapura, Kenchenahalli, Doddabettahalli, Attur, Yelahanka New Town, Attur Layout, Udaya Layout, Somanagar, Yelahanka Satellite Town, Chikka Bommasandra, Mother Diary and Jantha Colony.

THE new Bangalore International Airport, just 10 to 12 km from Yelahanka, has brought along some benefits to this constituency comprising Yelahanka New Town and Old Town.

This constituency,which was the starting point for Kempe Gowda — the founder of Bangalore city — used to lack even basic amenities. But with the new airport, land prices have shot up and the Palike is armed with several projects, which are progressing at a fast pace, probably because BBMP Commissioner S Subramanya resides in the locality.

After the delimitation of constituencies, villages that came under Yelahanka Assembly segment were: Hesaraghatta, Dasanapura and the erstwhile Yelahanka CMC.

Though the Bellary Road (NH-7) cuts through Yelahanka, several areas have been deprived of civic amenities, proper connectivity and other basic infrastructure facilities.

About 91,294 people live in Yelahanka.

"Battered roads and underground drainage (UGD) are critical issues.

Infrastructure was not a priority here and even funds released for such works during erstwhile Yelahanka CMC, were inadequate," said a senior resident of Yelahanka Old Town and ex-councillor Surya Narayan.

"We were assured of Cauvery water supply about five years ago and a deposit for this was collected, but so far it has not materialised.We have had to settle for hard water pumped from bore-wells," he said.

Narendra, a resident of Yelahanka, said that the water supply was not only inadequate, but irregular too.

The constituency lacks an efficient garbage clearance system as the door-to- door collection is not active.

The Allalasandra railway crossing here is a danger point and motorists have to wait for more than half an hour to move. An increase in traffic in this locality has become a major cause of concern for the residents.

"We feel that some precast pedestrian subways, which take a couple of days to finish causing less inconvenience, should be built," said Narendra.

Old Yelahanka Town is in a worse condition and is deprived of bus stops, parks and playgrounds. The only graveyard and four of its lakes have been encroached upon. Further, the release of industrial waste from the Wheel and Axle Plant of the Indian Railways has worsened the condition of these encroached lakes.

The constituency needs overall improvement of the newly-added areas and villages. And whoever is elected to the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike will have their hands full in making Yelahanka the ideal place to live in.

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