Make city flood-free or pay fine: BBMP to company

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has hired a company to ensure that the city is not flooded in the forthcoming monsoon season. 

In its Annual Maintenance Contract (AMC) to Yogaa and Company, which it issued on April 9 with three-month preparatory time, the civic body has asked them to desilt and clear the trash from stormwater drains besides ensuring that the roads are not inundated. 

Should the company fail to keep the roads free of flooding, it must pay the BBMP Rs 1 lakh per zone per day (of flooding) as fine, while flooding in the Koramangala-Challaghatta Valley would cost it an additional Rs 9 lakh. 

The AMC is for 440 kilometres. Out of the 842 kilometres of stormwater drains it has in the city, the BBMP has done pucca retaining walls for 349 kilometres of drains. It also claims to have done one-time desilting in 184 kilometres of drains by March 31. 

The BBMP’s Chief Engineer for SWD, B S Prahlad, revealed to DH that the company had been directed to work with eight robotic excavators, 15 trucks and 880 people every day to keep the city flood-free. The company must also ensure garbage is not dumped in the drains. 

He said people have turned drains into neighbourhood dumping yards and throw plastic materials. They will be penalised under the Disfigurement Act. 

The BBMP has readied the city’s drain map and determined the invert level (base level), besides defining the maintenance roles. Money will not be a constraint as the 14th Finance Commission has provided Rs 35 crore for maintenance. 

The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has asked the BBMP to ensure the money is adequately utilised. 

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