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What BBMP learnt from rain havoc...

Madhuri Rao, DH News Service, Bengaluru, Oct 22 2017, 1:02 IST
From now on, says the commissioner, there will be stricter norms for contractors who undertake the road work.

From now on, says the commissioner, there will be stricter norms for contractors who undertake the road work.

BBMP Commissioner N Manjunath Prasad has listed these lessons that the Palike has learnt from what the city suffered this season. He has assured to take proper precautionary measures before the next big rain strikes Bengaluru so that no lives are lost.

* Less capacity of storm water drains: The storm water drains built in the city does not have the capacity to sustain heavy rainfall. The capacity has to be increased in consultation with the concerned engineers.

* Removal of SWD encroachments: The biggest lesson that the civic body has learnt is about not taking any legal action against encroachers of the drains. The best example is the case of Kurubarahalli, where rains claimed four lives in a single night. While two people were washed away, two others were killed as the compound wall collapsed on them. All the houses were built on land that encroached on drains.

* De-silting of drains: Water overflowed from the drains due to silt accumulation. De-silting work has to be undertaken before the onset of monsoon.

* Planning of layouts: The topography of Bengaluru is varied, says Prasad. “HSR Layout is a very ill-planned layout. The topography has to be studied before developing a layout and only after that should they permit the construction of sites,” he adds.

Stricter norms for road contractors: From now on, says the commissioner, there will be stricter norms for contractors who undertake the road work. "If we find that a road is damaged before the maintenance period, the contractor will be blacklisted,” he warns.

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