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Parched citizens on warpath

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They stage protests demanding regular drinking water supply



GIVE US WATER!:Residents of Subashnagar and surrounding areas staging a protest in Bangaloreon Friday.

Bangalore: Demanding regular drinking water supply in Subashnagar and surrounding areas of Gandhinagar Assembly constituency, residents staged a protest on Jakkarayanakere Grounds on Friday.

Shouting slogans against the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) for not bothering to meet their drinking water needs, the residents said that there was hardly any supply to the area in the last 20 days.

“When we are struggling to make ends meet, how can we afford to buy water? It is ridiculous that areas that are located in the heart of the city too have water problems,” as a protester put it lucidly.

Another rally

Residents of Marutisevanagar and surrounding areas also took out a protest rally from Mukunda theatre to the Jeevanahalli BBMP office demanding regular water supply and other basic amenities to their area.

Holding placards, the protesters, under the aegis of Karnataka Dalit Rakshana Vedike, shouted slogans against the BWSSB, the BBMP and the State Government for neglecting the area's development.

Led by the vedike's State organising secretary K. Ramesh Babu, the protesters demanded that the road near the Mukunda theatre flyover be widened.

“This road is very narrow, making it difficult for the smooth flow of traffic. This is essential as there are several schools located in the vicinity of the flyover,” one of the protesters said.

Mr. Ramesh Babu said the Government should construct an Ambedkar Bhavan on the available land on survey number 158 in Jeevanahalli.

People residing in several slums of ward number 59 (Jeevanahalli, Satyanagar, Nageyanapalya and Marutisevanagar) were yet to get possession certificates for their houses. The process of allotting these certificates should be expedited, he added.

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