Apartment Rally on 2nd December organized by BAF

Bangalore Apartments' Federation (BAF), a Federation representing the interests of hundreds of apartment complexes across Bangalore, is organizing an Apartment Rally on Saturday, 2nd December 2017 from 9.30 AM to 11 am. The rally will be a peaceful & silent human chain formed by apartment residents across different parts of Bangalore. The rally is being organized to make the voice of apartment residents heard on the continuous & endless barrage of harassment that they are being subjected to, by the Government and civic agencies.

Talkingabout apartments being harassed on the issue of Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs),R. Balasubramanian, President of BAF, says, “Older apartments constructed inthe 70s, 80s & 90s, which are not in any way polluting, have been mandatedto install STPs retrospectively, which is impossible. Experts have opined thatit is structurally unsafe to retrofit STPs in older buildings, which mightcollapse. And for apartments built since 2007 with properly functioning STPs,Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) has been issuing notices on thegrounds that they should not let out even properly treated water, which iscompletely absurd. In all these cases, apartments have been threatened withdisconnection of power and water and initiation of criminal action despitebeing innocent, law-abiding and non-polluting citizens.” 

Commentingon many other areas where apartments are being harassed, Muralidhar Rao, VicePresident of BAF, says, “BWSSB charges apartment residents 300% more for watercompared to individual houses, BBMP collects solid waste management cess fromapartments but refuses to collect their segregated garbage, apartments notconnected to the sewage network are being forced to pay sanitation cess, manyapartments are being denied access to Cauvery water connection despite havingpaid lakhs of rupees for the same. The harassment list is endless.” 

Vidya Goggi,Joint Secretary of BAF, says, “We have made multiple efforts to engage with theGovernment and civic agencies to find a resolution to the issues but we are notbeing heard. Hence, we have decided that we will make our voice heard throughthis silent rally, outlining these issues, which are unjust, unfair and some ofthem are just impossible to comply with.” 

Talking aboutthe rally, Vikram Rai, Treasurer of BAF says, “Hundreds of apartment complexesacross various parts of Bangalore have confirmed their participation in therally. We expect more than ten thousand people to join the rally covering areaslike Bannerghatta Road, J.P. Nagar, Jayanagar, Banashankari, HSR Layout,Bellandur, Mysore Road, Malleshwaram, R.T. Nagar, Hebbal, Old Madras Road, OldAirport Road, Koramangala etc.” 

SrikanthNarasimhan, General Secretary of BAF, concluded, “There is a very high level ofanger and discontentment among lakhs of apartment residents owing to thecontinuous harassment that we are being subjected to. With elections fastapproaching, we hope that the Government listens to our voice and helps inresolving these matters at the earliest.”

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