Usually, it is the elected representatives who give a piece of their mind to government officers. If allegations are true, an assistant engineer of the BBMP has turned the tables.
Claiming to be at the receiving end of the choicest abuses of the officer, Nanjappa, a female corporator shared her predicament with the city council on Friday. Sumithra, corporator from New Thippasandra ward, alleged that Nanjappa had not done any work for a month and a half.
She said he did not even bother to meet her while reporting to duty. She said she had asked him to attend a meeting about a stormwater drain, but he did not turn up. When she questioned his attitude towards work, she said, he hurled abuses on her.
Not only did Sumithra get the backing of other corporators, she found a fellow victim of Nanjappa in a colleague. CV Raman Nagar corporator M Krishnappa too said that Nanjappa does not attend meetings. All the corporators demanded that the BBMP commissioner and mayor suspend the wilful babu. The mayor tried to summon the officer to the council, but he could not be traced. The mayor then directed the commissioner to suspend Nanjappa.
Council to lay siege to Wipro office
The BBMP council approved the suggestion that all the corporators, including the mayor, and the commissioner visit Wipro campus to collect property tax dues of `32 crore on December 4.
MS Shivaprasad, chairman, standing committee on taxation and finance, said the committee members and the BBMP officials waited for seven hours at the Wipro campus on Sarjapur Road to collect the dues.
“I want the BBMP to collect the tax without any fear or favour from the Wipro,” he said.
Save Sankey campaign
The Sankey Park Walkers Association staged protest on the BBMP head office premises, demanding that the civic body stop discharge of sewage into Sankey Tank.
“Owing to intermittent inflow of sewage into Sankey Lake, thick algae has engulfed the entire lake, causing a serious threat to the aquatic life, migratory birds, ducks and geese,” said AR Anand, president of the association. He said about 3,000 walkers visit the park every day for fresh air and hundreds of children throng the play area, which has become filthy owing to sewage discharge.