Labourer in Sultanpet road carrying goods in water filled roads.

Sultanpete labourers walk through slush due to bad drains

Bhakti Makwana

Bangalore, 14th September,2017: Shopkeepers on the Sultanpete Lane, Chickpet have trouble transporting goods because the roads covered with slime.
“There are nearly 1000 shops in this lane. The water flowing from the adjacent sloping road like Upparpet police station, Abhinaya theatre and Freedom Park gets clogged in Sultanpete road with garbage from all three lanes,” says Jitender, owner of MaaVaishno Garments in Sultanpete.
The shopkeepers in the area say water collects every year during monsoon and the area stinks when silt gets piled up in front of their shops. They have complained to the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) several times but they have not received a response.
“Every year during heavy rains water enters the shop and destroys goods. We have complained many times to BBMP regarding the drainage and bad roads but no permanent action has been taken,” says Mukesh Sanvi, owner of Rajiguru Complex, which holds 60 shops.

Silt collected on the road in front of wholesale shops in Sultanpet

Labourers in the lane carry goods in knee-length water putting themselves and the goods at danger. “A few days back during heavy rain at night five coolies carrying goods fell in big open drain and hurt themselves,” says Sandeep, owner of Kids Wear.
Chakravarthy, a coolie working for Pinky Fashions in the lane said that every year during the monsoon they carry the goods, fearing for their lives. He complained that BBMP does not do anything to improve the drainage system.
After the water is drained out, the silt and garbage left behind messes up the entire lane.
“Our workers fall sick every 15 days due to the garbage all around the lane. We have even put these photos on Facebook to get attention from BBMP. After constant complaints, they send workers who remove garbage from drain making way for water and go away leaving garbage back,” says Prakash, owner of Pinky Fashions.

Sri Prabhu, BBMP engineer of Chickpet says they would send 15-20 workers to remove the silt in the lane. “For temporary solution, the workers will clean the silt from the area but no plan has been made to reconstruct the road”.
Prakash, said that no worker came to remove the silt and the problem persists.
“Redesigning of the road is required. It includes all the connectivity of the drainage and sewage system. The movement of vehicles can be modulated with foot path. Also particular places can be marked for street vendors and other activities,” says Pankaj Yadav, Urban Planner.



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