Bengaluru residents from Hombe Gowda Nagar in Wilson Garden and surrounding areas are forced to use sewage water for all their daily purpose, courtesy negligence of the BWSSB.
The Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) has failed to replace faulty old sewage pipes, and since three years, the residents are forced to use the contaminated sewage water with a foul smell. The residents had given a representation to the BWSSB, met BBMP Mayor and even approached CM Siddaramaiah in this regard, but all the department and persons concerned have turned a deaf ear to the problem.
The reversing of sewage into homes in rains is a common sight at Wilson Garden, Double Road and Hombe Gowda Nagar. But the problem of sewage reversing into homes and also flooding is an everyday occurrence even during summer. Thanks to BWSSB for not fixing the problem since last three years.
Esha Kumar, a resident of Wilson Second Cross, says, his meeting with BWSSB executive engineer at Jayanagar and senior officials from the same department did not yield any result. Hence he also met Manjunath Reddy, former Mayor when he was in power and sought help, but in vain.
"I even wrote a letter to Chief Minister of Karnataka regarding the same. But there was no response. Our sumps are filled with sewage; we have to clean it and then fill it with tanker water," he said.
Amanullah Khan, a senior citizen from the same area, says, the children and aged are worst affected as their immune system is weak. “Frequent dehydration, food poisoning gets reported from here often. The government has failed to address the civic issues," he said.
The issue of flooding sewage in many parts has become a common sight in Bengaluru as the BWSSB has failed to replace the old pipes. "The BWSSB has just taken up the work to put new pipes in and around the Wilson Garden and Hombe Gowda Nagar. The old pipes cannot hold the load. With many new buildings and apartments coming up, the existing pipes cannot take the load. As a result, the sewage reverses and overflows," said, SM Ramakrishna, Chief Engineer, and Waste Water Management.
He also mentioned that new pipeline that is being laid would connect the pipes near Koramangala and the sewage will be diverted to sewage treatment plant. Till this work is completed, the residents will have to face inconvenience.