Bangalore braves rainiest day of the month, traffic hit as usual
The afternoon darkened and the skies opened up to unloaded 37.5 mm rain on Tuesday. Not a big figure by any means but enough to bring the city to its knees. As expected, trees were uprooted, drains overflowed and houses in low-lying areas inundated.
Vehicles switched on their headlines when the rain began around 4.30 p.m. Commuters had a tough time getting home with traffic hit on all arterial and sub-arterial roads.
The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) control rooms were flooded with calls. Mayor D. Venkatesh Murthy monitored the central control room for a while, while Deputy Mayor L. Srinivas was at the south zone control room.
BBMP said rain water entered more than 15 houses near Muneshwara Temple, Rajagopalanagar, coming under Dasarahalli zone. Residents in D.J. Halli and Ejipura spent anxious hours worrying if their homes will be flooded as usual.
The raja kaluve (big storm water drain) near the government school in Thanisandra overflowed, transforming the road into a rivulet. Several roads were waterlogged, including Vittal Mallya Road, Brigade Road, M.G. Road, Laggere, Good Shed Road and roads around Vidhana Soudha and Cubbon Park.
Three Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation buses found themselves stuck in a trench covered by rain water on Mysore Road.
Trees were uprooted near Lavanya Theatre in Ulsoor, near Yediyur Lake, St. John's Road, Krumbiegel Road, Nagasandra Road, Padmanabhanagar, Bull Temple Road, Cauvery Bhavan, M.S. Building, Gandhinagar, near Oxford School in J.P. Nagar, Raghavendra Block in Srinagar, High Court complex, Richmond Circle, Gavipuram Guttahalli, Kengeri Satellite Town, Shankarapuram and Rajajinagar. Though the falling trees damaged some vehicles, no one was injured.
Motorists, particularly two-wheeler riders, had some scary moments when they had to face squally winds and hailstones.
Hailstones were reported in Shanthinagar, Shivajinagar, Hosur Road, Mathikere and Yeshwanthpur. Shashidhar N.R., manager of an automobile company on Hosur Road, said he stopped his car as he was worried the hailstones would damage its windshield.
Chandrakala Tejaram (name changed), who was travelling from Shivajinagar to Vijayanagar, said that even after being on the road for over an hour, she was not even halfway.
“We took several deviations hoping to avoid traffic jam. We finally got home after being on the road for nearly two hours,” she said.
Keywords: Rain woes