Bengaluru: Over 1,500 residents led by the popular citizens’ group Whitefield Rising descended at the busy Marathahalli junction to demand a separate municipal corporation for Mahadevapura, which is home to a large number of multinational companies.
Residents complained that the IT corridor is in shambles despite contributing the highest percentage of tax to the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP). At least 14 citizen groups including Bellandur Development Forum, Varthur Rising, Citizens for Bangalore, Bangalore Apartment Federation etc extended their support to the protest.
The protestors, shouting slogans and holding placards, marched from Marathahalli bridge towards the office of Arvind Limbavali, MLA of Mahadevapura Assembly Constituency. As the legislator did not come out to address the protestors, some of the organisers walked to his chamber to formally hand over the memorandum.
The citizen groups have demanded a separate civic body for Mahadevapura, considering the growth in population over the last ten years. They have also urged the government to increase the number of wards from 8 to 25, stating that the size of the population has grown over 100% to about 7.5 lakh.
Mahadevapura provides employment to lakhs of people. Companies such as Cisco, KPMG, RMZ, Wipro, Flipkart, Morgan Stanley, Intel, Goldman Sachs, Accenture, Adobe, SAP, Robert Bosch et have their offices in this busy IT corridor.
“The Mahadevapura Demands protest was organised by residents and people out of sheer frustration at the non-existent and slow pace of infrastructure development and resolution of the many issues we face daily,” the organisers said.
They also demanded regular ward committee meetings with public involvement, 100% street lights coverage in thirty days, good quality roads by engaging national level contractors, proper garbage collection and segregation system, traffic police division in Mahadevapura etc.