Inundated houses, power cuts, tree falls and clogged drains send civic body officials into a tizzy

BANGALORE: The death of 45-year-old Lakshmi on Sunday exposed the apparent inability of the authorities to create infrastructure that does not cave in whenever it rains.

On Saturday, when it rained about 75 mm, Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike was in deep waters.

It received complaints of clogged drains from Banashankari III Stage, areas around Kamakya cinema, Old Byappanahalli, Kodandaramapura, Cholanayakanahalli and Chamarajpet.

As usual, low-lying areas were flooded. Dhobighat area in Vasantnagar, Koramangala first cross, Murugeshplya, J.P. Nagar 5th Stage, Malleshpalya 5th Main Road, Padmanabhanagar, Banashankari III Stage and Ejipura bore the brunt.

"The rain took away my earnings for the day", said Nandeesh Mohan, a vegetable seller at Madivala market. The sudden rain spoiled the vegetables, which he had stocked outside his house.

Two schools at Ejipura and Viveknagar had been closed after it rained on April 10 as the thatched roofs collapsed.

Ramadasa Swamy, Principal of St. Albert School, added, "the sanitary conditions of his school have become worse after the rains."

Dangerous roads

A spot check at Ejipura revealed that most drains and manholes had been flooded and potholes covered by the stagnant water on the roads. Several residents of Ejipura expressed concern that potholes could cause road accidents.

Ejipura did not have power for 13 hours. Houses in adjoining areas such as Koramangala VIII Block had low voltage for over eight hours. There were reports of many areas going without power for long hours after the rains.

At Hanumagiri Nagar near Banashankari, summer showers meant constant flooding of their houses. "Night is a time for work and not sleep," says Raja, a young boy in the area.

Lakshmi, a resident, said her family had to be up all night, evacuating water from their houses. "We got to sleep around only three in the morning," she said.

Tree falls were reported at 12 places, including Malleswaram 18th cross, BDA Complex in Banashankari 2nd stage, and Rajajinagar 2nd block.

The BBMP said it had placed its control rooms on alert and that they had been equipped to deal with any emergency.

It was taking up fogging exercises at most of the areas where water had stagnated to prevent the spread of malaria and other water-borne diseases.

More rain

Meanwhile, the Meteorological Department has predicted more rains and thunder shows for the next few days.

Partly cloudy

The city will be partly cloudy in the next two days and the rains will be more frequent in the evenings and at night, says the department.

The maximum temperature is likely to be around 33 degrees Celsius.

Source:The Hindu, 23rd April 2007

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