Residents ask for info on rain-water-harvesting

This fortnight's neighbourhood news round-up.

JP Nagar Citizens Association (JPNCA) had their Annual General Body meeting on June 5th 2010 at VET School. All the members wanted more details on Rain Water Harvesting. They wanted specific details like: they have been asked to dig earth 12 feet deep and sink rings. What is the next step? Also, they have been told it would cost about Rs 30,000. This  is a heavy investment, particularly for senior citizens.

Members requested JPNCA to work  for some incentive from BWSSB similar to Solar Heating installation from BESCOM. They also pointed out the short supply of Pop-up-filter and suppliers resorting to quoting high prices.

Some members voiced their concern on the delay of the 15th Cross Road widening project.

D N Ramakrishna is the Secretary, JPNCA.

Meeting at HSR sector II

HSR Layout Residents Association, 2nd Sector met for the Annual General Body Meeting for nearly three hours on June 6th at New Extension Cambridge Public School. The first part was a review of the activities of the association during the preceding year. The second part was the interaction of residents with the civic officials from BBMP, BDA, BWSSB, BMTC, and Police department. We had requested these organisations to depute senior officials and engineers to interact with residents and give suitable responses to the queries.

Unfortunately barring a few, civic agencies were represented by junior staff who showed helplessness in answering our queries. KPTCL and BESCOM representatives were absent; we were most disappointed. The local corporator Latha Narasimhamurthy was present through out the meeting.

Officebearers of the Association: The new President is R S Hiremath. and Vice -President Purushotham.  Channakeshava A is the Secretary. Brig Murthy will support the association as an advisor.

Information provided by Brig R S Murthy.

Police blotter

Construction materials stolen

The owner of an under-construction site found 75 centering sheets missing early morning at 7 am and filed an FIR in JP Nagar Police Station.

Stinging shock for car owner

Car owners are advised to park their vehicles inside their compound or at a safe place. A resident of JP Nagar parked his Mahindra Scorpio worth 5,00,000 in front of his home at 9 pm. The next morning at 5 am, he found it missing and filed a complaint at JP Nagar Police Station.

Even if you are out for just half an hour, lock valuables safely

A resident went out at 10 am expecting to be back in a few hours. When he returned, he found that burglars had broken the main door and stolen 14 grams of gold and Rs 12,000 in cash. His total loss was about Rs 20,000.

Cooking gas thieves

Some residents have the habit of leaving empty gas cylinders below the staircase, so that the gas cylinder delivery man can pick it up easily. This proved convenient for some thieves who stole four HP gas cylinders of the house owners and tenants left under a staircase. Total loss is Rs 8,000 and an FIR has been filed.

Bus commuters, be careful

A person traveling by bus lost his HDFC Debit Card and later found out that Rs 20,000 has been withdrawn by the card thief.

Based on information provided by the JP Nagar police station.

Vishwa Parishad Dinacharana 2010 at BTM

On World Environment Day (June 5th), Vishwa Parishad Dinacharana 2010 was organised jointly by the Indian Water Works Association (IWWA), IPHE (Institution of Public Health Engineers) and the BTM Layout Welfare Association, at the IWWA conventional hall.

M N Thippeswamy, Retired Chief Engineer of BWSSB talked about environmental conservation. P M  Vasanthkumar, a BTM Layout resident said 65 percent of the total energy used in his house is solar energy. “Water from the roof is used for my household needs. By 2011, 85 percent of the energy in my house will be solar”, he added.

A Vidya Shankar, President of the BTM Layout Welfare Association feels that such meets helped increase awareness of the environmental crisis. G N R Babu and Manjunath Reddy, Corporators of BTM Layout and Madiwala wards were present.

Darshana S  

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