HBR 5TH BLOCK SOCIAL AND CULTURAL ASSOCIATION
No.1489, 17TH C main, 5th block, HBR layout, 1st stage, Bangalore-560043
Regd. No.: SOR/BLU/DR/1051/2009
To 17th Nov 2010
Shri. K. J. George. MLA
Sarvagna nagar Constituency,
Bangalore (Sent via email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sub: Summary of developmental works and civic problems in HBR layout, 5th block, 1st
stage, Ward No.24
We, the residents of HBR 5th block would like to bring the following grievances to your kind
notice and needful action.
The area covered under our association is as defined below:
On the North side: From 20th cross (near BESCOM-BWSSB office) to 26th cross.
On the south side: 1st A cross.
On the East side: From 36th to 45th cross of 19th main
On the West side: Outer ring road (near Forest Dept. gate)
(A layout map is attached herewith for your reference)
Asphalting/Tarring of roads: The asphalting/tarring work has not been taken up in this
segment since several years and there are innumerable potholes. Some time back BBMP took
up asphalting/tarring of some main roads in 5th block (i.e. from 15th main to 19th main road and
left it half way and incomplete. All other roads namely 14th, 17th C main and all cross roads
(i.e. from 21st to 27th cross near BESCOM office and from 36th cross to 45th cross at 19th main)
were not done. The condition of roads (i.e. 30th C main-BESCOM office road, extension roads
of 17th and 18th main and 21st to 27th cross roads) on the other side of storm water drain is in a
worst and dilapidated state posing danger to all. When the association took up the case, BBMP
started filling up potholes wherever the roads were very bad and that work was also done
Pathetic condition of BESCOM road connecting outer ring road and 19th main in HBR 5th block pg1
Fencing of open SWD: The fencing of open
SWD (with chain link barbed wires) was done
long back from ring road to Footstep Bridge.
The stretch from Footstep Bridge to 19th main
bridge is left out unfinished. Mr.Gundappa
sheety, (Ex- EE) and Mr. Vijayakumar, AE
during their visit to our layout in May ‘10 had
agreed to complete the work in a month’s time.
In spite of several reminders on this matter
nothing has happened till date.
Fencing of SWD done partially
Retaining walls for SWD: The below photos will illustrate the condition of the SWD beyond
19th main bridge. The sidewall was constructed on one side only for a very short length and the
work was stopped mid way. As there is neither a sidewall nor any fence to the SWD, many
construction people from neighboring and far off places are dumping the debris here day and
night. Due to this there is a hindrance in the flow of sewage water and the same stagnates
becoming a breeding place for mosquitoes and other insects and foul smell emanate from this
stagnated water. In spite of our letter to Chief Engineer SWD, nothing has happened so far.
SWD seen without side walls SWD with wall on one side, that too for a small length.
Construction of demolished sidewall of
SWD: The SWD sidewall was broke open to
get entry of JCP into the SWD for the purpose
of de-silting. This was done in Jan’10 and lying
as it is till today. The demolished sidewall to be
reconstructed immediately; otherwise there are
much likely chances of sewage water entering
into the layout during rainy season
Demolished sidewall not reconstructed even after 10
Revamping of rainwater side drains:
Revamping of side drains was done only in
some roads and left half way; and it has to be
done in full-fledged manner in all roads. This
shows that the current sitting officers and
engineers of BBMP in charge of our layout
may not be visiting/inspecting while the
developmental work is taking place
Revamping of side drain stopped midway
Sewage water over flows thro’ man-hole chamber
Overflowing of sewage water: It has been
observed that the sewer pipes get clogged
very often and sewage water overflows
through manhole chamber and run onto the
road creating foul smell and causing hardship
to the residents. The reason being that at
many places the chamber’s manhole lids are
either not placed properly or damaged; and in
some cases the chamber’s mouth itself got
More importantly, the residents near kalana
mantapa are facing more sanitation problem due to frequent overflow of sewage water.
We are facing this problem ever since the choultry came into operational. The sewer pipes that
were laid long back for residential use are not sustaining voluminous sewage water coming out
of choultry which causing overflows. A meeting was conducted on Sunday, 30th May ‘10 with
our area corporator to resolve this problem; but nothing has happened afterwards. We have
written a letter to BWSSB on this matter for remedial action and it’s still in the budget stage.
Sewage water overflowing thro’ manhole chamber
Street signboards: Recently street signboards were erected and painted with street numbers in
our layout; but still at many places signboards are to be erected and painted. It has been
observed that some signboards are with wrong markings as under; and it’s to be corrected to
match with property documents. Even after our reminders no action has been taken.
17th ‘A’ main is written as 17th main (where it meets with 1st A cross)
30th’A’ cross is written as 30th cross (at both ends of 30th A cross)
1st ‘A’ cross is written as 1st main road.
39th cross is written as 33rd cross at one place and 38th cross at another place.
Side drain cleaning: Side drains were cleaned only in some roads and left halfway as usual.
As the side drains are with full of weeds, mud and debris, the rainwater doesn’t flow and (p3
stagnates, rising too much stinky smell and becomes breeding place for mosquitoes. We
brought it to the notice of all concerned; but no action has been taken.
Vacant sites: Though the layout was formed 22 years back, there are more than 40% sites
vacant. These sites look like jungle with thick bushes. And are used as public toilet by the
construction labors and slum dwellers (camped at 19th main- 36&37th cross for over 10 years.)
These sites have turned into garbage/debris yards. These site owners stay elsewhere and never
bothered to maintain/clean the site; waiting for good appreciation of real estate at the cost of
others sufferings. BDA has to initiate action by issuing notices to all these site owners and get
it cleaned immediately or BDA can do it themselves by levying some penalty on the site
owners. There are more possibilities for the layout people, especially the children to get bitten
by the snakes, which are in abundance in the layout. In this regard, we have written a letter Dt:
4th Dec’09 to BDA-Commissioner.
Park and other civic amenities: Please note that there is no Library, playground for children
and a park in our segment. During the layout formation BDA had earmarked 18 guntas of land
in 18th main; but even after the lapse of 22 years no park has come up in this site. During these
periods the land mafias tried to knock of this prime land many times. The construction
activities of the mafia on this land were stalled by BDA each time by demolishing the
construction. Recently, the BBMP officials recovered this prime site from the hands of land
grabbers and now it’s under way for converting into a PARK. We have made several
representations to the concerned authorities; but nothing has happened till today.
Footpath: In 19th main, footpath with
moulded concrete tiles were laid some
years ago on one side of the road (from
site No.1280 to site No.1305) only and
stopped abruptly like any other
development work. This has to be done in
full-fledged manner wherever it has been
Unfinished footpath at 19th main
2 shelters are to be made on the outer ring road i.e. near the Forest office gate (between
Hennur main Road signal and Nagawara signal) one each in opposite manner, for buses
going towards Hebbal and the other one for the buses going towards Krishnarajapuram.
The 3rd shelter in 19th main, 5th block, HBR layout, i.e. near 42nd cross from where bus
No. 296B starts now.
In this regard we have written a letter DT: 13th Jan 2010, addressed to: Shri.K.S.Viswanath,
Chief Traffic Manager (Operation), BMTC, Shanthi Nagar, Bangalore-560027.
But till today no action has been taken by the BMTC. Please instruct the BMTC officials to
take up the necessary action. P4
More bus services: Presently we are having two route buses 296B and 296D; one is for
Shivajinagar and the other is for Majestic. It’s a long due to introduce more buses like to
K.R.Puram, Yeswantpura and K.R.Market. We have learnt that there is a bus No.412 that plies
between Hennur cross and ISRO layout. This bus starts from Hennur cross and goes via
Kammanahally, IOC, Indiranagar, Domlur, Koramangala, BTM layout, Jayanagar,
Banashankari, Kumarasamy layout to ISRO layout. Hence, this bus can be made to start from
HBR 5th block, as the case of 296B and 296D buses. We have written a letter to BMTC on 22nd
July 2010 on this regard and the issue has to be taken up with BMTC officials.
Cow menace: There are vacant sites at 19th main i.e. site No’s 1280 to 1282-opposite to
Anjaneya temple- which are lying vacant since the inception of this layout and seem not
allotted to anybody by BDA. These sites are being used as debris dumping yard. Apart from
this, the stretch of road in front of these sites are used as cattle’s breeding center and it is a
breading ground of mosquitoes and other disease spreading flies and insects. Nearly 10 to 15
cows are brought to these sites from elsewhere for milking during early morning hours; and
after that it’s left free in the layout for graze. Besides, the cows roam day and night in the
streets and defecate all over the places, making nuisance to the residents/motorist.
Cows kept for milking at 19th main Cows roaming and grazing in the streets
We are facing the cow menace problem for the last 3 to 4 years. Several complaints to all
concerned have gone into deaf ears.
Garbage collection and disposal: The waste
management team at our HBR 5th block layout,
is not doing the collection & disposal of
garbage i.e. door-to-door collection and
sweeping of all roads properly and regularly.
Roads are being swept once in 5 or 6 days. The
swept wastes are either dumped in vacant sites
or burned. The garbage dumped by passers-by
near the KEB transformer, site No.1280 at 19th
main and many other places in the layout has
not been cleaned regularly. Repeated
complaints have not yielded any response.
Garbage dumped near KEB transformer p5
Commercial operation of two Kalyana mantaps: Two kalyana mantaps in the name of
Lakshmi Venkatesha kalyana mantap and Lakshmi Srinivasa kalyana mantap at the end
of 21st and 22nd crosses of HBR 5th Block have started functioning on commercial basis. The
choultry owner has made the 21st and 22nd crosses as the entry point to the kalyana mantaps.
Ever since it has started functioning, the residents of HBR 5th block are put into untold
sufferings in terms of noise, sound and lighting pollutions. The residents are denied
peaceful living, which is a Constitutional right. Almost, everyday, there is a marriage in these
choultries and residents are facing following difficulties:
1. Due to movement of commercial vehicles carrying utility materials through the 21 st and 22nd
crosses, it is creating a lot of noise, which affects the living of residents very much.
2.Vehicles of the guests to the marriages are parked all along the streets of 21st and 22nd
crosses in haphazardly and also in the vacant sites in front of 21 st cross. The choultry owner
has virtually made the HBR Layout as the parking place for the guests’ vehicles. His security
staff regulates these vehicles by blowing whistle continuously. The noise is very much
disturbing and irritating.
3.Pandals are erected at the entrance of 21st and 22nd crosses. Lighting is put through out 21st
and 22nd crosses and also from the ring road entrance. He has made the HBR Layout 5th block,
particularly the 21st and 22nd crosses as the extension of the choultries. This is causing a lot of
inconvenience to the movement of the vehicles of the residents. The residents are unable to
park their own vehicles in front of their houses due to occupation of guests’ vehicles. Several
times it leads to unpleasant quarrels between the residents and the guests.
4.These kalyana mantaps use loud speakers and sound amplifiers. Sound amplified due to
beating of drums and nathaswarams is so much that the residents are unable to have even
peaceful sleep; not to speak about the disturbance to the students and elders. There is a school
nearby. Definitely the noise would affect the functioning of the school.
5.Pandals are erected at the entrance of 21st and 22nd crosses by digging the road and thus
damaging public property.
The nuisance created by the choultry is both civil and criminal offence. The residents of HBR
Layout have a right to live peacefully. Since this layout was formed by BDA, the living norms
should not be allowed to dominate by commercial exploiters.
The residents of HBR 5th block humbly request your good selves to put an end to the above
menace by taking suitable action.
Stray dog menace: Stray dogs are increasingly troubling the residents, particularly morning
walkers. Working professionals who come home late in the night are also affected.
Slum dwellers: There is a slum at 19th main
(between 36th and 37th cross) that exists for
over 8 yrs. These dwellers live in a pathetic
condition and use vacant sites to attend natural
calls. Authorities should give them permanent
shelters or at least provide them temporary
toilet facility so that they wouldn’t
inconvenience the layout residents.
Slums at 19th main
Short supply of water: We are having acute
short supply of water (due to insufficient
water pressure) for the last 6 months. We
have made several complaints to East zone
engineers and also to Chairman. But till today
there is no improvement in the water supply.
Frustrated 18th Main Residents gheraoing
BWSSB officials and Corporator
Sodium Vapor lights: At present Sodium vapor lights are provided only in few places. We
have been asking BESCOM authorities to provide it at all main/cross junctions in our layout.
But so far nothing has happened. Please instruct the BESCOM officials to install sodium vapor
lights at all places.
Storm water drain which runs thro’ the 5th block
Storm Water Drain posing health hazard
to the residents: The storm water drainage
running through our layout is posing hazard
and life threatening ailments. The big SWD
gives rise to many problems and if not
covered with concrete slabs, it will prove to
be dangerous. Some residents, who live close
to SWD, are planning to vacate the place and
move elsewhere, due to the unbearable smell
emanate from the highly polluted/chemical
water running in SWD. The stink is more
during nighttime, as the nearby industries
release the chemical water into the SWD
during night as none can notice/ watch it. Since the chemicals mixed in sewage water, the
whole atmosphere is always polluted; and it creates irritation in eye and skin. Especially
children and elderly people find it difficult to breath. Some times we see carcasses in SWD
that adds to our misery; and we are clueless as to whom to be blamed. Though the storm water
drain is meant for rainwater to flow, it is being used as sewage/ sanitary water to flow.
Garbage dumped in our layout: Some people from other areas bring garbage day in, day out
in barrels and dump in open SWD. When we object/question them they talk in filthy
languages. The below picture show you the bullock cart with drums after unloading the
garbage (human waste-feces) near 19th main, 45th cross. Our pleas to local engineer are
Bullock cart after unloading Garbage in open SWD
In total, there is nobody to take care of our layout. Layout (BBMP) engineers, health inspector
and corporator are there for namesake only.
The residents of HBR 5th block humbly request your good selves and your high office to look
into the grievances and do the needful.
With Best regards