25 aug 2012
BANGALORE: Residents of two big constituencies in Bangalore got an opportunity to air their woes to their elected representatives on Saturday.
The ichangemycity initiative by Janaagraha saw a huge response in Shantinagar assembly constituency. At the open forum, citizens zeroed in on the problems in their area with their ward corporators, MLA and authorities from civic agencies such as BBMP, Bescom, police and BWSSB.
Rehab strays in outskirts
Addressing the issue of the stray dog menace, Shanthinagar MLA NA Haris suggested that BBMP rehabilitate all stray dogs of the city on 100 acres of land in the outskirts of Bangalore. “Who’s important? Human beings or dogs? Why can’t they be shifted to the outskirts? Even the BWSSB valve men who are out early in the morning on duty are afraid of strays.”
Reacting to this, BBMP special commissioner KR Niranjana said the state government had already filed an impleading application before the Supreme Court, seeking exemption for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960 to deal with the stray dog menace. “As per the rulebook, we cannot shift stray dogs from their original location. It amounts to cruelty,” he said.
“I change my city is a good initiative taken up by Janaagraha. It brings in officials who work in the constituency and allows one-to-one interaction. Last year, the MLA had also conducted a Janaspandana programme,” said Vilasini Rajagopalan from Viveknagar.
At a Janaspandana held in Jayanagar, the scene was no different. Representatives of various residents’ welfare associations and citizens poured out their complaints about parking violations, garbage dumping and its segregation, violation of building by-laws, use of plastic, problems faced while walking on narrow footpaths, unscientific humps on roads etc.
Local MLA BN Vijaykumar said Janaspandana would henceforth be held on the third Saturday of every month in all constituencies of Bangalore.