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BDA to build 50 homes for those affected by rain

DH News Service, Bengaluru, Sep 8 2017, 1:27 IST
An aide to George said the minister spoke to a few residents and urged them not to dump garbage in the SWD as that could lead to waterlogging. dh file photo

An aide to George said the minister spoke to a few residents and urged them not to dump garbage in the SWD as that could lead to waterlogging. dh file photo

The government will build 50 houses for the poor who have been severely affected by the heavy rainfall in East Bengaluru’s Thanisandra.

Bengaluru Development Minister K J George, along with Mayor G Padmavathi and Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Commissioner N Manjunath Prasad, inspected Nanda Gokula Extension in Thanisandra and ordered the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) to build the homes. He also ordered expediting the construction of stormwater drains (SWD) at Hennur Bridge, Kalyan Nagar and other places, and ordered the removal of silt from drains.

An aide to George said the minister spoke to a few residents and urged them not to dump garbage in the SWD as that could lead to waterlogging.

“It’s time people realised that they should not dump waste in the drains. SWDs are for the free flow of rainwater, not sewage water,” he said. The minister also directed the BBMP commissioner and the mayor to remove encroachments from SWDs.

This apart, a heap of garbage on a five-acre plot on Tannery Road was ordered to be removed before the land is handed over to the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation (BMRCL) for Metro construction. Four meat shops situated nearby were also ordered to be closed immediately as they were found dumping garbage on the plot.

Dr M N Lokesh, chief health officer, BBMP, has issued a circular, asking his officers to start a cleaning drive in places where muck has accumulated.

He said all places where water was stagnant would be cleaned with bleaching powder to prevent the outbreak of diseases. Samples of water and food being sold by roadside vendors will also be collected for testing, he added.

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