Two prominent citizen groups working to improve tech hub Whitefield are split over a huge protest planned on Friday.
Whitefield Rising, which issued the call for ‘Mahadevapura Demands’ demonstration, wants residents to press for the resignations of elected representatives over their failure to serve the area well. The appalling condition of roads is one of the main complaints.
But Namma Whitefield, a federation of resident welfare associations from three wards surrounding the tech hub, believes in engaging with the civic administration and political class to get things done. It doesn’t plan to join Friday’s protest, saying it was not consulted.
“As regards civic issues of our areas, we are in touch with the administration and political class on a case-to-case basis. We thank the local MLA for his initiative ‘Mahadevapura Task Force’. It’s a voluntary citizen engagement platform where we can participate and monitor civic matters, infrastructure projects and environmental issues,” said Sandeep Anirudhan, founder of Namma Whitefield.
Whitefield Rising, whose Facebook page has over 25,000 members, said the protest along Outer Ring Road would go ahead as planned and its call had received a good response.
Mahadevapura MLA Arvind Limbavali, meanwhile, shared details about the grants for development of the constituency and works undertaken in a series of tweets on Thursday.