Palike's monsoon preparedness put to test

Mayor goes on city tour, directs officials to tackle rain-related woes
Last Updated 20 May 2016, 19:24 IST

 A day after Chief Minister Siddaramaiah slammed the BBMP officials over the pathetic condition of Mysuru Road and lack of monsoon preparedness, Mayor B N Manjunatha Reddy, along with BBMP Commissioner Manjunath Prasad, on Friday visited the flood-affected areas in the city.

 He inspected the works taken up by the civic body to tackle rain-rlated problems.
The mayor gave a slew of directions to the Palike engineers and the officials.   
Following the complaints by the residents of Kodi Chikkanahalli, Anugraha Layout, HSR Layout and Puttenahalli about the apathy of the officials manning Bommanahalli control room, the mayor visited the control room and suspended supervisor Chandrashekar Nayak for not discharging the duties properly.

He warned the officials of strict disciplinary action if they are found negligent and indifferent towards the civic problems. During his visit to JP Nagar, Jayanagar and surrounding areas, he directed the engineers to clear encroachment on stormwater drains and declog the feeder channels before the onset of monsoon.

He told reporters that three teams have been constituted to remove encroachment of stormwater drains in Bommanahalli zone. The mayor said that the contingency plan is in place to tackle rain-related problems.

Rain misery

Thursday’s downpour had wreaked havoc in low-lying areas. The control room at BBMP head office was flooded with complaints of waterlogging, rainwater gushing into houses in low-lying areas, trees being uprooted.

Several full-grown tress were uprooted at Kammnahalli Main Road, Anandnagar at Hebbal, Gavipuram, Banashankari, Coles Park, Halasuru, Prashant Nagar, Katriguppe at Dena Bank Layout and BEML 5th phase. A few houses at low-lying areas of Puttenahalli, Judicial Layout at Yelahanka and Bommanahalli, houses were flooded.

At Nagarjuna Enclave in JP Nagar 1st Phase, more than 20 cars were submerged after rainwater gushed into the parking lot.

BBMP sources said that machines and labourers were pressed into service to clear
the flood waters on Friday morning. Water logging was reported at Kino Theatre junction, near KR Puram bridge, Anil Kumble Circle, Salem Bridge near Doddanekkundi and Maharani College underpass.  

(Published 20 May 2016, 19:24 IST)

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