Dy. CM reviews BBMP’s rain preparedness

Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Krishna Byregowda, Deputy Chief minister G. Parameshwara, Mayor Gangambike Mallikarjun, Janata Dal (S) Floor Leader Nethra Narayan and Commissioner N. Manjunath Prasad at a meeting to discuss rain preparedness on Wednesday.   | Photo Credit: V Sreenivasa Murthy

With pre-monsoon rains claiming three lives, including two in Bengaluru Rural district, officials of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) have been directed to be on high alert and take all measures to ensure the safety of citizens and prevent water logging in the city.

Deputy Chief Minister and Bengaluru Development Minister G. Parameshwara, on Wednesday, chaired a meeting with senior BBMP officials, including civic body chief N. Manjunath Prasad and Mayor Gangambike Mallikarjun to discuss rain preparedness measures.

Speaking to reporters later, he recalled that last year, the city received more than the normal rain that led to overflowing of stormwater drains, water-logging on many roads and inundation of several low-lying areas. To prevent a recurrence this year, civic officials have been directed to take all precautionary measures before the onset of monsoon, he said.

Around 246 low-lying areas have been identified where even a brief spell of rain sees flood water entering homes. Civic officials said they have taken up some technical measures, such as installing pumps, to prevent flooding. Teams have been formed in each of the eight zones in Bengaluru to tackle flooding, pump out water and take up other relief measures if required. As many as 21 teams have been formed to identify dead and weak trees that are at risk of falling during heavy wind and rain.

The BBMP has begun an intensive cleaning of stormwater drains to increase carrying capacity and prevent clogging by garbage. Of the 1,950 encroachments identified on the stormwater drain network, around 450 have been removed this year. The drive to clear encroachments was stopped due to elections, and will resume soon.

Mr. Parameshwara said the BBMP had earlier outsourced surveying of encroachments on the SWD network. However, after running into problems, it has now appointed four surveyors to take up the task.

“Of the 840-km drain network, the civic body has desilted and constructed the concrete retention wall for 400 km of drains. The remaining stretches will be taken up in phases, and the work is in progress,” he said, adding that zonal chief engineers have been directed to fill all potholes in their respective jurisdictions.

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