K.C. Deepika

Nature's fury unleashes floods

BANGALORE: It is the same story each monsoon. The fury of nature unleashes floods that incapacitate infrastructure, including like storm-water drains, and ghastly mishaps occur.

In what has become a predictable response, city authorities then go in search of solutions to the problem after the event. There has been more than one case of people being swept away in open drains during a torrential rain. But that is only one of the fears of people who live near these death traps. Drains become a breeding ground for mosquitoes, and give off a stench that is intolerable.

“It is difficult to stay inside the house if we open the windows, especially when it rains. I also don't understand why educated people throw garbage into the drain when they know the result,” said K.K. Satish, who lives in an apartment located close to a storm-water drain which passes through Old Airport Road.

Prabhakar H. Chini, Chief Engineer of storm-water drains in the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), said that out of the 842 km of storm-water drain in the city, de-silting work will be carried out only in vulnerable areas, and this work is likely to be completed in a month. “We have identified low-lying and flood-prone areas where the work has begun,” he said.

Citing the examples of Puttenahalli and BEL road bridge, he added that works have been going on since last year, including construction of box drains and upgrading of pipes. He said that BBMP Commissioner Bharat Lal Meena reviews these works every week.

To tackle clogged drains, Mr. Chini said, around 60 per cent of the drains have been provided chain link fencing to prevent people from dumping garbage into the drain as well as people from falling into it. As for encroachments, he said that a survey will be done after which encroachments will be removed.