Suncity in Media


NEW COMMITTEE FORMED AT SUNCITY APARTMENT

posted Mar 24, 2014, 11:48 PM by SAO Assoc   [ updated Aug 8, 2014, 11:25 AM ]

Suncity Apartment dwellers on Sarjapur Road elected new committee members for their apartment blocks on July 21. More than four hundred residents of the apartment gathered to cast their vote and elect their favrioute candidates. They elected 60 block level posts and 21 central executive committee members.   Candidates went door to door and campaigned.

The entire electoral process smoothly went off and in order to conduct smooth electoral process, four election arbitrators and two election observers were appointed. This is the first time such kind of exercise happened in Suncity and around 38 candidates contested for 21 central posts.  

In the past, residents were reluctant to take up various critical posts such as water management and electricity management. An awareness drive was held by some residents to push other members to take up the job. Number of issues related to roads, sewage and waste managementhad increased in the area and residents were miffed. These issues propelled the resident to take up some of these posts and work towards improving the quality of life in the community.

The new office bearers will take the charge from August 1. 
“The new committee has some very enthusiastic members, with a mix of experienced and new members. We will take suggestions and ideas from residents,” said one of the elected members. 


SUNCITY RESIDENTS WORRIED ABOUT HEAVY TRAFFIC IN THEIR PREMISES

posted Mar 24, 2014, 11:43 PM by SAO Assoc

Residents of Suncity Apartments at Iblur on the Sarjapur-Outer Ring Road junction are a worried lot. Reason: The road between the apartments in their premises is a public road that comes under Bangalore Development Authority's jurisdiction. Heavy earth-moving vehicles and trucks engaged for the ongoing construction of an apartment complex adjoining the Suncity Apartments' premises are plying on this road, thus making the road unsafe. 
This has resulted in damaging the road badly. It has also shattered the peace of the residents of Suncity Apartments, thereby putting residents' life to risk, especially of children and senior citizens. With access given to public motor vehicles to ply, the road is now in a pathetic condition and is ridden with potholes. There is also a security threat to the residential complex owing to public access to the road running between the apartments.
It may be recalled that Suncity is a huge residential apartment complex comprising 20 residential blocks with 1,200 apartments housing over 5,000 residents.

Suncity Apartments Owners Association president Arun Kumar Singh said that the tranquillity of the area had been lost with heavy trucks being allowed to ply on the road in the apartment premises. "The safety of the residents is at stake due to the movement of heavy earth-moving vehicles and construction trucks. Unauthorized heavy vehicles are being parked on the road inside the premises, thereby causing security threat," he added.

The association is even seeking permission from BBMP to fix gates at the entry and exit points of the apartment. "In the absence of a gate, any vehicle or person can enter the premises unchecked. The gates will give access to public with thorough security checks and there would be checks on parking of unauthorized vehicles during the night. Also, there would be restriction on heavy vehicles," Singh said.

Besides, there is a slum that has come up near the exit point of the premises that has hundreds of immigrant labourers. "As such, incidents of theft have already gone up in our apartments owing to unchecked movements of these immigrants in the premises," he added.
"The joint commissioner has expressed the view that the access road cannot be blocked as it is a public road. But when questions pertaining to its maintenance and street lights were raised, he said that the same should be relinquished to BBMP either by BDA or the residents of Suncity," Singh said.

The association is contemplating relinquishing the maintenance of the main road inside their premises to BBMP, as BDA is not maintaining the main road, streetlights and roadside drains. Opinion from residents has been sought whether to relinquish so that the maintenance of the road and streetlights (including payment of electricity bills) is taken care of by BBMP.

The plying of heavy earth moving vehicles on Suncity Apartments road has been brought to the notice of the BBMP Joint Commissioner who has assured them that necessary steps would be taken for the diversion of the vehicles after his visit. "A memorandum will be handed over to BBMP's Joint Commissioner of Bommanahalli Zone during his visit to Suncity Apartments for his consideration and approval," Singh added.

Speaking to Cityplus, Suncity Apartments developer Govindachary said that road including streetlights and roadside drains are still maintained by the construction company for the last five years despite the road belonging to BDA. "The road asphalting was done by the company and electricity bill for the streetlights is paid by the company as well," he said.

HOST OF EVENTS MARK HOLI CELEBRATIONS

posted Mar 24, 2014, 11:37 PM by SAO Assoc


Suncity residents had a gala time during the two-day Holi celebrations. On March 19 evening, a cultural programme was organised with a series of dances with the theme Holi. The stage was set in a huge open space that accommodated more than 1000 residents.Residents of all age groups came out in small groups to perform on Holi songs and medleys.Apart from the kids and their parents, senior citizens also participated with equal zeal. At 8:30 pm, the rituals of Holika Dahan were conducted, symbolising victory of good over evil. The festive evening came to an end with a sumptuous dinner. On March 20, the residents, both young and old came out with colours, buckets and pichkaaris in big numbers. Adding to the fun, there were stalls of hot pakoras and thandai (a traditional drink of milk and dry fruits and spices).

FUN ACTIVITIES ON WOMEN’S DAY

posted Mar 17, 2014, 11:33 PM by SAO Assoc   [ updated Mar 17, 2014, 11:33 PM ]

The residents of the Suncity Apartment on Sarjapur, near Iblur junction celebrated the International Women’s Day on 8th March in a grand way. Thousands of residents actively took part in a fun filled family evening in the apartment premises. The celebration of the event began in the evening and continued till night. Women folks were pampered with flowers, gift vouchers and mouth watering food. 

Commenting on the event, Sachin Garg, a resident of the apartment said, “It was a huge successful event. We had complete blast throughout the event. The dance performance of the residents kept the audience enthralled through some of the scintillating dance performances. It was very well planned and executed by the organizing committee members.”

To add the entertainment quotient, senior women folks of the apartment exhibited their talent through bhajans and songs. Men sportingly participated in ‘fastest sari wearing’ competition and ‘sari fashion show’ which added to the fun element of the event. Ladies also put various food and shopping stalls. Audience enjoyed the home made recipes in between the events. The event was ended by a DJ performance and dinner.

MAHA SHIVARATRI CELEBRATED

posted Mar 3, 2014, 12:01 AM by SAO Assoc   [ updated Mar 3, 2014, 6:29 AM ]

On 27 February, the residents of the Suncity apartment on Sarjapur road, near Iblur junction celebrated Maha Shivaratri festival in a grand manner in the apartment premise. 
The main objective of the programme was to convey the spiritual significance of Shivaratri. To enable this message to reach many, the organizers created a mobile stage using a bus. 
The inside of the bus was converted into a mini theater. Visitors were first taken through a picture exhibition of “God’s True Knowledge”, outside the bus. They were then seated inside the bus for an audio-visual experience of “Self-transformation through Rajyoga Meditation”. The programme was delivered in Hindi, English and Kannada. With this theme, the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University (BWSU) celebrated this year’s Shivaratri in a grand manner at apartment premise.
Commenting on the occasion, Deepa Budhdev, member of BWSU said, “God has descended on earth and is inviting his sweet children to self-transform through his teachings of Godly knowledge and Rajyoga meditation.”


Food fest to Relish

posted Feb 22, 2014, 5:16 AM by SAO Assoc   [ updated Feb 22, 2014, 5:29 AM ]

A mega food festival organized in Suncity apartments premise on February 15 on Sarjapur Outer ring road (ORR
) was a day to remember for all food lovers. More than thirty food stalls were put up by dwellers in the premises.

Regional cuisines were offered from various parts of the India like Mangalore, Punjabi, Gujarati, Bengali, Hyderabadi, Keralite, western dishes were all under one roof.

Read the full story here.

Photos of the event.

MAKAR SANKRANTI CELEBRATED IN STYLE

posted Feb 22, 2014, 2:46 AM by SAO Assoc   [ updated Feb 22, 2014, 5:31 AM ]

The residents of Suncity Apartment celebrated Makara Sankranti festival in a unique way. The three day festival which started on Sunday was celebrated by three different communities. 

On the first day, the celebrations began by performing pooja and it was followed by flying kites which is quite familiar to North Indian tradition. Residents of all age groups actively took part in the celebrations and authentic Guajarati cuisines were prepared and served to all kite flyers. 


The second day witnessed celebrations in traditional Punjabi way and residents danced to Lohri numbers.  

On the concluding day, residents celebrated the festival in south Indian style offering special poojas and distributing prasadam to all the residents. Food arrangements were made in accord to traditional celebrations. 

SWAPNA GHOSH AN ARTIST PAR EXCELLENCE

posted Feb 22, 2014, 2:11 AM by SAO Assoc   [ updated Feb 22, 2014, 5:32 AM ]

Founder of Chitra Fine Arts in the city, Swapna Ghosh has turned her passion into profession. Her school allows children to discover their hidden talent.

We manage 1200 aparments with 70 office bearers - Vidyasagar Magdum

posted Feb 7, 2014, 1:44 AM by SAO Assoc   [ updated Feb 7, 2014, 2:03 AM ]

Residents watch is a comprehensive magazine covering HSR Layout. The 56-page magazine is brought out by Write Wing Media tells you where to eat, shop, party and other neighborhood news. In addition, it informs readers about the most important developments in the area.
Mr. Vidyasagar Magdum, President, Suncity Apartments Owners Association (SAOA) was interviewed by the magazine under their "Know Your Neighbor" program.
Interview Part 2
The following is the transcript of the interview.

Interview with Residents watch

When 39-year-old Vidyasagar Magdum isn't working as a project manager at Honeywell, he's hard at work as the president of the Suncity Apartment Owners' Association. He is part of the association for the last seven years as its co-founder. The association began with 15 members, then grew to 100, and now has 1200 members. "It's like managing two villages," he says candidly. "Most of the members are IT guys between 35 and 50 years and come from all corners of India. Very few are Kannadigas."

Size does matter at Suncity. The apartment complex is formed of clusters. Five buildings form a cluster and each cluster has 250 flats. Each building has three office bearers: Secretary, treasurer and block leader. In addition, each cluster has a cluster leader, who represents the cluster at executive meetings. There are five clusters, six board members and eight portfolios like housekeeping, water management, rainwater harvesting, sewage treatment, electrical, sports and cultural activities. "Each portfolio has a director," says Vidyasagar. "The director and cluster leader get to be part of the direct decision making with inputs from block leaders." In all, there are close to 70
association people who run the daily affairs of the mammoth residential condo. "Most Office bearers are active at the block and cluster level," says Vidyasagar. "They give feedback and we give our suggestions. Our board meets thrice a week, including half of Saturday and Sunday. The executive committee meets every alternate week."

The senior citizens have their own association and take delight in activities like tree plantation, donating milk, books and uniform to neighborhood government school in Iblur and so on. "They do what we cannot do, like chasing files in government offices. the Iblur park was developed with their effort and coordination."

So how does he manage to run a mini city? "There are huge expectations and it's a massive responsibility," admits Vidyasagar. "It's difficult to meet everyone's expectations, especially since we have a family and office to attend to. Devoting time to all three is a major challenge".

Here is the technology that is helping them. Apnacomplex, an apartment management software manages complaints, payments, tracking assets and maintaining the residents database. "We have interconnected all the motors in the buildings," says Vidyasagar. "Each building has two motors. this year, we are planning to interconnect the five diesel generators for the clusters. If one fails, the others will still work." The apartment security will get a facelift - the lift will not open without a swipe card or fingerprint impression." In some buildings, there is a door to the lift. If you don't have a card, you cannot even get inside the lift," says Vidyasagar. "Our other plans include the installation of CCTVs on all side roads. We will also issue car stickers, so there is an entry-exit record."

With such planning, can accomplishments be far behind? "There was a gate misused by people; so we got the BDA to biuld a wall to shield the complex from the slum next to it." Suncity is also one of the first few associations in south

Corporator

The corporator has to play her part in protecting the lakes in her area and stop residential  buildings from getting converted into commercial spaces. Garbage is still a mess. She needs to ensure its segregation at source through more awareness campaigns.
Bangalore to fight against paying bribes to get a khata, thanks to corporator Latha Murthy and MLA Satish Reddy. they also got the electricity meter transfers (from landlord's share to their names) in much the same manner - without paying any bribes. "At first, the BESCOM and BBMP guys demanded a bribe of Rs 12,000. When we went with the MLA's recommendation, they still asked Rs 1000 each. When we told them that we would use RTI, they gave in. Whenever we have a civic issue, we call our MLA, and he's here within an hour - he has helped us resolve many issues."

MLA's priorities
According to Vidyasagar, MLA Satish Reddy's primary priority should be to stop sewage from reaching the lakes in Agara, Bellandur and Iblur. In addition, the road from Outer Ring Road leading to Suncity needs to be re-laid. "None of the apartments get Cauvery water," says Vidyasagar. "We rely on tankers and borewells. We have 60% flats covered under rainwater harvesting. When we get good rain, we reduce water tanker usage for two days."


Suryathon Held: Apartment Dwellers Participate

posted Jan 26, 2014, 8:16 AM by SAO Assoc   [ updated Jan 26, 2014, 8:55 AM ]

The residents of Suncity Apartment and other adjoining residents took part in ‘Suryathon’ (Surya Namaskar) last Sunday at the apartment premises. The event was supported by the Suncity Apartments Owners Association (SAOA and the event started with 150 registered members in all age group actively doing the exercises. The event was organised to pay rich tribute to Swami Vivekananda


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