Rains claim six lives in Karnataka

The government would immediately release Rs 25 crore for taking up flood relief works in 13 districts which have been witnessing rain fury, Yeddyurappa, who reviewed the flood situation, told reporters here.

While 12 districts will get Rs 20 crore, worst-hit Gulbarga has been sanctioned Rs five crore.
Yeddyurappa is holding a cabinet meeting in Gulbarga on October four.

On flash floods triggered by torrential rains  in the city yesterday which inundated low lying areas, he said government has asked the Bangalore Development Authority to undertake desilting of the Bellandur Tank at a cost of Rs 100 crore.

Accumulation of silt in the tank was one of the major reasons for low-lying areas in southern parts of the City being submerged, he said.

Steps would be taken to demolish properties illegally built on Rajakaluve (storm water drain) and in the last two years 355 properties had been demolished.Developers had built 958 properties encroaching Rajakaluve. There has been a delay in the demolition of properties on account of court stay, he said.

The chief minister said rainwater entered houses and the Gali Anjanyea Temple on Mysore road on Friday night. A permanent wall would be built near the temple to prevent influx of rainwater in the temple. Traffic was affected in 136 locations in the city due to the downpour.

On infrastructure bottlenecks, Yeddyurappa said the metro rail would be started before December 31 and survey for the mono rail would be taken up soon.

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