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The damaged car at M.S. Ramaiah Main Road in Bangalore on Thursday after an electric pole fell on it during Wednesday night’s rain.
The damaged car at M.S. Ramaiah Main Road in Bangalore on Thursday after an electric pole fell on it during Wednesday night’s rain.

Bangalore Bureau

Roads flooded and power supply hit after rain on Wednesday, Thursday

Bangalore: It was a long evening home on Thursday for Bangaloreans whose patience and nerves were stretched due to incessant rain. They had to negotiate flooded and crumbling roads and a gridlock.

On Wednesday, the city received close to 70 mm of rainfall. On Thursday, the city received 42.7 mm rainfall. The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) control rooms were flooded with complaints. Minister for Transport and city in-charge R. Ashok visited the control room and even attended to a few calls.

The Minister told presspersons that the civic authority would take steps to remove all encroachments on drains and Raja Kaluves in the city within two years. BBMP Commissioner Bharat Lal Meena said that earthmovers and tractors would be provided to each zone of the civic body.

There were reports of water-logging from Padmanabhangar, Girinagar, J.P. Nagar, BTM Layout, Vijaynagara and Magadi Road.

There were reports of fall of four trees from Jayangagar and one each in J.P. Nagar, Vijayanagar, Koramangala, R.T. Nagar and Bapujinagar. In many areas, electricity supply was hit after tree branches fell on the distribution lines.

Meanwhile, several buses were stranded at the Kempe Gowda Bus Station for over an hour.

Vehicular movement on major roads of the city was affected.

Those going to the Bengaluru International Airport had a tough time because of slow-moving traffic on Bellary Road. Passengers who missed their flights were accommodated in other flights.

There was a huge traffic jam on Seshadri Road.

A private taxi, a truck and a mini lorry were found struck between the Fire Station and the Maharani’s College.

Movement of traffic was affected on Dr. Rajkumar Road, K.H. Road, Magadi Road, Sirsi Circle, Mysore Road, Bandepalya, Mangammanapalya, Nandidurg Road, R.T. Nagar and Kasturba Road.

Several homes in Shankaranagara near Mahalakshmi Layout,Gayathrinagar, Geleyara Balaga, Muniswamappa Layout, Bapujinagar, Shamanna Garden, Gangondanahalli,Nagavarapalya and Mahadevapura were inundated.

Mr. Meena visited a few of the affected areas on Thursday to assess the damage.

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