Hyderabad: A sea of black greeted the people living in Mahadevpura area of Bangalore, on Friday morning. At 9.30 am nearly 1,000 residents of Mahadevpura wearing black clothes and black badges, gathered at the Marathahalli bridge. They formed a human chain to peaceful protest against the several civic issues in their area.

Residents allege that till date they have no access to clean drinking water, sewage disposal system and have to travel through bad roads. The garbage clearance is only for namesake. Protesting residents say that they deserve better infrastructure and access to clean drinking water. 

From school children to senior citizens all attended the protest. They demanded that their elected representatives provide better amenities and speed up pending works. 

Residents took selfies of the event and posted it on Twitter with the hashtag #MahadevpuraDemands. 

 

Residents from other parts of Banglore who could not attend the protest supported the protest by sharing pictures of themselves dressed in black attire or with a black badge. 

 

Saurabh Bakshi, a resident, tweeted, “Mahadevapura pays the highest tax in the city but is neglected completely. Corruption and lack of political will. We will not allow our city and country to suffer like this. We need quality and improvement. #MahadevapuraDemands.”

Mahadevpura became a part of Banglore over 11 years ago and is known as Whitefields. In recent years it has become a major information technology hub and houses several IT companies. 

 

 Tinu Cherian Abraham, a resident from Whitefield, said, “Residents of Mahadevapura can no longer tolerate or live with this crumbling infrastructure. The local administration – Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), corporators, local MLA and the MP have to wake up. Is it too much to ask for better amenities and infrastructure in this IT city? We deserve better roads, public transport, garbage management and access to clean drinking water.”

 

 Vijayalakshmi Venkataraman, a resident, tweeted a picture of herself in a black dress and wrote, “It is high time we are provided with proper governance that enables for a better quality of life. Our days go stuck in traffic and breathing the stench of rotting garbage. #MahadevapuraDemands and wish we have similar voices raised in other areas of Bangalore. (sic)”

 

 Another Twitter user from Bangalore, T. Pratap Reddy tweeted, “I support #MahadevapuraDemands

We are not asking something in the sky. We just need basic amenities… In the same region, there are many multi-national companies but not village-level infrastructure…Really shame on #BBMP #BDA @WFRising #Bangalore (sic).”

 

People Protesting at Mahadevapura  

Demands of residents:

 

• Regular ward committee meetings with the involvement of the people. 

 

 • Install 100 per cent street lights in 30 days.

 

 • Lay good quality roads and only national-level contractors to be roped in.  

 

 • Proper garbage collection and segregation system

 

 • Enforce traffic rules in the BTP division of Mahadevpura.

Unified public transport options, prioritising suburban trains

 

 • Rejuvenate and save our lakes

 

 • Delimit Mahadevpura to manageable wards, a separate municipal corporation.

People protesting at Mahadevapura

Anusha Puppala

Anusha Puppala is currently working at NewsMeter. She had earlier worked as a reporter with ANI and The News Minute. Previously, she has worked as a Senior Reporter with the Deccan Chronicle Newspaper, covering education beat. She had briefly associated with the national television channel Tiranga TV as a special correspondent. Anusha has extensively written stories on education, traffic, civic-issues, human-Interesting, off-Beat, consumer issues, health and environment. Hailing from Visakhapatnam, Anusha is a social media buff and a passionate foodie. If not reporting, you will always find her travelling.

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