Bangalore: Her mission: water for all

BANGALORE: For Sarala Mohan, the newly elected corporator from ward No 114 Agaram, there are several tasks cut out. With most localities housing people from the lower strata of society, Sarala is concentrating on their basic necessities.

For instance, the 750 houses at Dinabandhu Nagar are situated beside a huge drain clogged with garbage. Sewage running in the area overflows into the houses whenever it rains and also contaminates the drinking water line adjacent to the drain.

Residents said they were fed up with the mess and staged a dharna last year blocking Cambridge Road to demand that the authorities act. But nothing moved. Now, the new corporator is giving them some much-needed hope.

Sarala and her husband Mohan got down to business even before the oath-taking ceremony (on April 23), addressing problems of the people.

Sarala who contested from Agaram, an SC (women) ward in Shanthinagar constituency, won over nine other contenders with 3,873 votes. It was a closely fought election with only 43.97% voting, with her namesake, an independent, giving a tough fight. “Mohan and his wife had worked for betterment of the people much before the election. That is what tilted the votes in their favour,’’ said a resident.

Her major worry is overflowing drains. Sarala showed she meant business: clogged drains near Dinabandhunagar are being desilted. “Over the years, thanks to apathy of the people and the authorities, drains have been clogged with garbage leading to numerous problems,’’ said Saravana, a resident.

Apart from drinking water and overflowing drains, Sarala has plans to ensure proper garbage collection as residents, too, are responsible for the pile-up of muck in the drains. She wants to build small houses for the poor in slums with BBMP’s support.

Sarala, though a greenhorn, is confident of bringing sunshine and smiles.

From TOI

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