Tender for lake development floated for the third time: Minister
The development of Arakere lake would be taken up after rains subside. A direction in this regard has been issued to officials of the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) and the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) by Transport Minister and city in-charge Ramalinga Reddy.
More than 250 houses were flooded when Arakere lake breached, following heavy rain that lashed the city early on Wednesday.
Mr. Reddy visited the lake and the areas that were flooded on Thursday morning. He said lake development would be taken up in two phases at a cost of Rs. 14 crore. The tender for the first phase of development had already been floated twice by the BDA. But the work order could not be given as there were only single responses to the tenders, he said. “Tender has been floated for the third time and the work order will be issued soon,” he added.
He also inspected the 1.5-km stretch of the storm water drain that is being constructed there. He directed the BBMP officials to complete the work as soonas possible. It was complaints galore when Mr. Reddy met with the aggrieved citizens whose homes were flooded.
They complained to him about mosquito menace and water contamination. The Minister assured the residents of solving their problems. Satish Reddy, Bommanahalli MLA , who was present, assured the residents of directing authorities concerned to release compensation for the damages incurred due to flooding of their homes.
Meanwhile, local councillor S.A. Purushottam convened a ward committee meeting and directed the BDA engineers to ensure that sewage is not let into the lake.
He directed them to issue notices to industrial units and apartments that were letting sewage flow untreated into the lake.