The residents near Naina Terrace apartments in Trinity said that a wall broke down due to a leaking water valve.
Bengaluru, Sept. 04, 2018 : The continuous leakage of water through a leaking valve caused the compound wall of one of the resident’s house to fall down, creating chaos for people nearby. A complaint was lodged by the residents of 157 Richmond Road against the leaking valve and the garbage lying around the street. The complaint was filed with the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) and the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) in July 2018.
Laika A. Sreenivasan, a resident of the area, said that the officials paid no heed to their repeated complaints. Namesh, the administrator of the Golden Bead Montessori School said that the problem of garbage has been there for a very long time and the water has been continuously leaking for more than a month. He alleges that not only does the BBMP is not clearing the garbage, but that in addition, people who walk by throw garbage around the area. He added that the area lacks dustbins and blames BBMP for not installing any in the Richmond Road area.
Nagaraj, the Assistant Executive Engineer (AEE) of the BWWSB said,” The wall broke down because it was old and not because of the leakage.” He also denied the claims made by the residents, saying that,”The water leakage happened once in a while and was not a regular problem.” But the site shows a different story as the valve had been leaking water continuously. The BBMP had no comments regarding this situation.
According to local shopkeeper Ashraf Khan, the BBMP officials did nothing to collect the garbage lying around the area for over a month. The Ugly Indians, a non-profit organization came to their rescue when volunteers came to clean up the garbage on a Thursday morning.
G. Kuruvila, a town planner, said that the main cause for water leakage is old underground pipes that the BWSSB should be responsible for changing.