Report sought on sewage diversion from SWD

Report sought on sewage diversion from SWD

The Upa Lokayukta has directed the BBMP to submit an action taken report on the diversion of sewage from the stormwater drain. The BBMP and BWSSB had assured to complete the process by December 2014.

A fresh complaint was filed before the Lokayukta stating that the BBMP had been diverting the fund, around Rs 50-100 crore every year, earmarked for storm water drain. The complaint filed by president of Karnataka Janahita Vedike stated that BBMP spends huge amount towards the repair and construction of storm water drain to prevent it from gushing into residential areas. However, on account of lapses on the part of the officials, the amount shown as spent towards the storm water drain is either diverted or unused.

“Approximately Rs 50-100 crore is spent every year and even though such huge amount is spent, same areas suffer due to flood during rainy season with no minimum facility for protecting the properties and lives,” the complaint stated.

The BBMP has not been disclosing the amount spent on SWDs upon applications filed under Right to Information Act. “The lakes were connected to each other earlier and natural flow of water prevented the flooding. Due to encroachment of lake area, and construction activities over the SWDs has affected the natural course of water flow,” the complainant added.

Justice Adi stated he had visited the storm water drains which have been converted into sewage drains. “The BBMP and BWSSB has assured that the diversion of sewage from storm water will be completed by December 2014. This year also there was heavy damage to the property and life due to heavy rains. The people who suffer during the rains belong to middleclass or lower middleclass. I have asked the officials to submit action taken report with necessary budget allocation and expenditure,” Justice Adi said.

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