Crying for attention
AS A resident of Rangarajapuram, I was happy to read one of the letters, highlighting the sufferings of the residents in this part of the city. I would like to reiterate the total neglect of the civic facilities in the area.
For five years, I have been living on Ratnammal Street, which was once a wide, straight and beautiful stretch of road, one of the reasons I chose to buy a flat there.
With the introduction of Exnora, a smooth system of garbage collection and disposal of waste was in place. Subsequently, a dustbin was constructed near the entry point from Ambedkar Road.
However, there was more garbage strewn all around it rather than inside. Slush combined with hospital waste made the place messy, and food remains from chicken stalls had pigs, dogs and crows battling for their share. Of course, the bin has been since shifted.
But then builders launched into hectic construction activities, damaging the roads once again. Can't anything be done to check this? Can't authorities insist that people who damage roads have to repair them?
When a small load of blue metal or sand is unloaded by the road side, police and government officials are present to identify the owner and extract the `fine', even though no receipt or record of the `fine' paid is shown to the owner.
The other end of the road has a different story, more miserable though. There is a wine shop, and the attached parlours have occupied many adjacent buildings. They have made the place dirty and congested. Streetlights are often broken for moonlight drinking sessions and the road is unsafe for women after dark. The fast food joints are a challenge to Onyx's efficiency. Also, there are many who use the roadsides as open toilets.
There are enough pits dug, thanks to the Electricity Board and the Telephones Department. This has also affected the water flow to the houses in the area.
Even in better times not a drop of Metrowater flows up to the end of the supply line. Though many flat owners have been paying dues to the CMWSSB for the past four or five years.
While it is fine for the Board to collect huge amounts, the residents have to pay separately to get tanker loads of water or buy mineral water cans.
It may be difficult to give 100 connections for one complex, but at least a minimum number of connections can be given. There are frequent laying and relaying of water pipes on the street.
The authorities, however, can take care to see that the level of the line and the size of the pipes are adequate to satisfy minimum requirements of the residents. There is no point in doing something that does not benefit anybody!
Everything that happens here can only make a pessimist out of a law-abiding citizen.
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