Bangalore drain claims another life

Capital not yet prepared to tackle rain fury

Puttaswamy, resident of Laggere and a native of Kollegal, drowned in a stormwater drain when he was returning home. A passersby saw the body on Thursday morning and informed the police.
The BBMP has announced a compensation of Rs one lakh to the family of deceased. BBMP Commissioner S Subramanya said: “We are yet to ascertain how the victim had died, but we have already sanctioned a compensation of Rs one lakh.” Rajarajeshwari Nagar MLA M Shrinivas gave Puttaswamy’s family Rs 25,000.
On May 22, Venkateshwarulu, an employee of a security agency who was riding a  motorbike fell into a overflowing stormwater drain and drowned. On May 31, six-year-old Abhishek was washed away in an open stormwater drain in Shamanna Layout in Lingarajapuram.
The Wednesday night rain proved that the IT capital of India is not prepared to face monsoon this year.  In Ashwini Layout in Ejipura, rain kept many residents awake throughout the night.
Rain water mixed with sewage water entered many houses damaging the furniture. Ejipura is a low-lying area and the stormwater drain is located considerably higher than the groundlevel. Due to the level of storm water drains here, water tends to backlash flooding the entire locality. Reverse flow of sewage water too flooded many bathrooms and toilets, making the entire cleaning process more difficult. BBMP officials arrived at the spot with jet machines to pump in the water logged at basements. BWSSB Chief Engineer T Venkataraju told that the manholes left open will soon be closed. Water logging in these areas has been in news for the past many years.  
The BBMP commissioner said that there are many unauthorised houses constructed very close to the drain, which is why the rain water floods the area. When questioned on what the BBMP will do, when these residents will receive their title deeds, the commissioner said, “We have to look into it.”  

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