Palike seeks Rs 25 cr to tide over rain disasters

The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has sought Rs 25 crore from the State government’s calamity relief fund. BBMP Commissioner M Lakshminarayana said the calamity relief fund was reserved only for the rural areas, while it was also required in the urban areas.

“The BBMP is not getting the calamity relief fund. The convention is to spend it only in the rural areas, while it is essentially required in cities like Bangalore,” said Lakshminarayana.

Given that the State government has promised all assistance to the BBMP, the amount may be released, said Lakshminarayana.

He was addressing a press conference convened by Mayor D Venkatesh Murthy to brief about the action taken by the Palike in view of the heavy rains recently.

Murthy said the City  had never received 109 mm rainfall on a single day in the last many years. At Kathriguppe, a culvert is on the verge of caving in due to the massive flood, while many potholes have surfaced on important roads in the City.

Taking a lesson from the recent flooding, the Palike has prepared a roadmap, according to which assistance will be provided to those who suffered damages due to heavy rain. It is in this regard that the calamity relief fund will be utilised.

The Palike has taken up desilting of drains on a war-footing and instructions have been given on effective disaster management, Murthy said.

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