Why are Bellandur citizens spending this Saturday morning in a human chain?

On Saturday, October 27th, the city will be witness to yet another human chain, organised this time by the disgruntled citizens of Bellandur, one of the largest wards of Bengaluru. Find out what their demands are.

On Saturday, October 27th, the city will be witness to yet another human chain, organised this time by the disgruntled citizens of Bellandur, one of the largest wards of Bengaluru with a tax collection of Rs 220 crore. The residents of the ward seek to highlight their issues and put forth their demands to make Bellandur livable.

Residents point to the serious discrepancy of funds and infrastructure for the ward by all standards. As per the BBMP Budgetary expenditure (Source: Janaagraha), Bellandur (27 sq km) has got an allocation of Rs 6-7 crore in the annual budget. Considering the parameters of density of population, residences and ward area, much smaller wards like BTM layout (2 sq km), Koramangala (4 sq km) have got Rs 12cr and Rs 7cr respectively per annum.

Pic: https://www.facebook.com/savebellandur2018/

Major issues of concern

Traffic: Iblur, Outer Ring Road, Sarjapur Road are among the the top 5 worst commute roads in
Bengaluru. Today over 300000+ PCUs (passenger car units) are the peak commuters in this zone, making this one of the most choked zone in Bangalore but with no real intent or urgency to decongest. Just this year, there have been about 5 known deaths in and around Sarjapur road.

Water and underground drainage (UGD): This is non existent for a majority of residents in this IT Corridor. The work in progress on this front as part of 110 Villages, is not at the pace and quality that can help residents. There is no coordinated plan to speed up. Roads are dug up for months with no motorable restoration. This needs broader coordination and weekly monitoring across BWSSB and BBMP, on quality and progress which is missing. UGD design work for Bellandur has also not progressed at sufficient pace.

The lack of infrastructure, coupled with dug-up roads has led to serious mobility and health issues, putting many lives in danger. One of the highest number of H1N1 cases is from Bellandur, Mahadevapura.

Lake pollution: Lakes, not just restricted to Bellandur lake, continue to be ignored. No proper funds for maintenance of existing lakes, incomplete SWD and road side drain infrastructure has caused irreparable damage to the environment.

Garbage Menace: Despite having great blueprints of decentralised solid waste management to collect and manage waste at the ward level, despite citizens putting their heart and soul to solve garbage woes, and many MNCs and ITs ready to provide CSR, Bellandur continues to see garbage dumps on main roads, open drains full of waste and frothing, burning and filthy lakes. 

The waste management price tag for the ward is Rs 50 lakh per month. Yet, some areas are not even aware of door to door collection, while some areas hardly see a collection truck once or twice a week.

Citizens play an important role, responsibly segregating waste as per 2bin1bag guidelines, some even compost at home. But in the absence of  infrastructure to collect and process waste, it has proven impossible to keep the neighbourhood clean.

Poster for the event

Overall administrative gaps

Residents of the ward emphasise the fact that various RWAs and federations have been actively pushing for overall improvements in infrastructure and governance of the ward. It is not only because of monetary constraints, but also due to the grave shortage of staff, lack of intent and non functional ward committees that efficient administration is missing.

In July 2018, over 60 RWAs and associations had joined hands to came up with an ward-level plan, titled the “Bellandur Development Resolution 2018”. The same was submitted to the area representatives, BBMP and GoK for implementation, but nothing much has happened around the same.

This lack of intent, plan and administration has forced federation of RWAs including Kasavanahalli Development forum(KDF), Bellandur Forum, Bangalore Apartment Federation(BAF), Carmelaram Unites, SPARSH, Doddakanneli Rising and Haralur Forum to come together and conduct a series of sessions that will culminate in the protest scheduled.

The key demands are to:

  • Decongest Bellandur and its surroundings
  • Resolve water issues and speed-up underground drainage construction
  • Implement a garbage microplan as detailed above
  • Undertake holistic lake rejuvenation as per the Monitoring Committee Report of 2016
  • Restructure governance and administration of Bellandur ward through devolution of power and funds.

This write-up has been prepared on the basis of a press note issued by organisers of the #SaveBellandur movement.

Comments:

  1. Hemakumar says:

    I think Our main problem is not highlighted which all the residents are facing currently. We want road and mobility infrastructure to be developed. People are living in an urban slum without having proper roads to be motorable.

  2. VISHNU PRASAD HARI says:

    I am part of the #SaveBellandur campaign. I just want to highlight the root cause of the issue is not traffic. Traffic is an outcome of lack of infrastructure. An infrastructure that doesnt meet the demands. This infrastructure would need both Road & Mobility. I do understand this writeup is for brevity but want to highlight the ask of “Decongest” relates directly to Road infrastructure.

    In this context we have asked for over 65 Kms of roadways including Metro preponement and minibus. Also short term traffic review & fixes.

  3. UdayaBhaskar Abburu says:

    Sarjapura Road requires widening. Even though tender was awarded, that plan was scuttled by BBMP due to agitations by state ruling party land sharks on that road because of unscientific plan. Landlords did not give the land for widening and asked for more compensation. BBMP does not have budget to give compensation and offered only TDR. But the Landlord who sold the land for residential projects made huge money and roam around these areas on expensive imported cars. They don’t care for Apartment residents who face problem on this road. They are worried about compensation for their piece of land.
    Over and above Artillery roads like Harlur Road, Kasavanahalli Road, Halanayakanahalli Roads also needs to be widened.These roads connect to Hosur road and can de-congest most of the traffic going towards to Electronics city from Bellandur.
    I think it is high time that BBMP shall be divided into multiple small Corporations and tax collections from that areas shall be spent in that areas only. Otherwise Bangalore will see a revolution by residents in few days.

  4. Kumar says:

    One of the major problems on this stretch is single driven office car commute. Unless people do not sacrifice and want to commute in a car this problem will keep growing howmuchever you widen the roads or build infrastructure. IT Companies must incentivize cycles and discourage car parking.

  5. Anuj says:

    And worse is yet to happen, when multiple SEZ locations in Kodathi would become operational in 6-12 months time. Expecting 70-100 thousand more people on Sarjapur road in coming year. If this whole mess won’t get cleared before that, then this road would become worst for commuters and residents.
    #SaveBellandur.

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