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Police set up barricade around the open drain

A man was washed away in the storm-water drain

BBMP head office has taken up planning: official

BANGALORE: Work on construction of a parapet around the open storm-water drain in Fraser Town that claimed the life of J. Venkateshwarlu here on Thursday after he was washed away in rain is in progress.

There has been a delay as the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike office in Sarvagna Nagar had to take up work.

However, inaction on its part has forced the BBMP head office to take up planning, Chidgangappa, Chief Engineer of BBMP, told The Hindu.

He also feared that the residential areas nearby could be flooded if the drain is covered. “We are constructing a parapet for safety. While four small walls will be built around the drain to prevent people from getting too close, the drain will continue to remain open,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Fraser Town (Sub Division) Police have set up a temporary barricade around the storm-water drain.

The police said that they have written to the Sarvagna Nagar office of the BBMP in the matter.

A police official said that the Sarvagna Nagar BBMP office responded saying that it was awaiting approval from its head office before taking up work.

As of now, the police said that the drain has been temporarily covered with steel sheets.

“The BBMP is supposed to have covered it with concrete or stone slabs, but no such action has been taken yet,” said the police official.

“The BBMP is yet to take a stock of the situation. It is impossible for the police to guard the drain round-the-clock,” the official said.