Rs 1 crore for Gali Anjaneya temple

Rs 1 crore for Gali Anjaneya temple

Damage control: Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda inspects the stormwater drain on Mysore Road on Wednesday. DH Photo

Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda on Wednesday released Rs one crore for renovation of the Gali Anjaneya Temple and surrounding stormwater drains on Mysore Road, which were flooded due to rain that lashed the City on Monday night.

During his visit to rain-hit areas, the chief minister said there was a need for a permanent solution to prevent rainwater from flooding the temple premises. “The Palike will elevate the structure of the temple thus preventing the rainwater from entering the temple. The work will be taken up soon and shall be completed within three months,” he said.

Gowda went around the temple and enquired the authorities about the havoc wreaked during monsoon.

P M Thyagarajan, owner of a hardware shop, which is located behind the temple said for the past three to four years rain brings misery and nothing has been done to contain flood situation in the area.

“Houses and shops were flooded in the rain that lashed the City on Monday,” he said.

In order to prevent rainwater from gushing into the temple premises, a wall was built.

But the temple authorities had brought it down to build a flag post. The Palike constructed a new wall on Tuesday. The chief minister also visited Qamar Nagar slum in Chandra Layout, where rainwater had flooded many houses. Ten-year-old Razia Sultana said: “We were fast asleep when the rain water gushed into our house on Monday night.
We were woken up in the middle of night to drain out the rainwater.”

Palike estimate

According to the BBMP, Bangalore received 127.4 mm rainfall in August 2010. However, this year the City received 217.8 mm of rainfall in just 17 days.

On August 16, from midnight until 1: 20 am, the City received 74.8 mm rainfall in a span of an hour and 15 minutes. The BBMP said that due to heavy rains as many as 56 areas in Bangalore were affected. As many as 83 houses were damaged and rainwater flooded 6,055 houses in the City. The Palike set up six rehabilitation centres, where 4,850 people are taking refuge at present. The rain also uprooted 29 trees and private property worth Rs 5.65 crore and public property worth Rs 14.62 crore were damaged.

 Rain wreaked havoc in the following areas: Bapujinagar, Hale Guddadahalli, Gangadonahalli, Arundhathinagar, Shamanna Garden, Kadarenahalli, Padarayanapura (West), Telecom Layout, Rajiv Gandhi Nagar, Cholarapalya, Laggere, Jakkasandra, Ayyappaswamy Layout, Kalasipalya, Pushpagirinagar and Kenjanehalli Janapriya apartments. 

Mayor stopped

Mayor Sharadamma, who accompanied the Chief Minister during his visit to the rain-hit areas, was prevented from entering the Gali Anjaneya temple. Later, on knowing her identity she was allowed to enter the temple.

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