Rain causes inconvenience to commuters, residents in Bengaluru

Updated - June 02, 2024 01:15 am IST

Published - June 01, 2024 10:31 pm IST - Bengaluru

BBMP Chief Commissioner Tushar Giri nath inspecting rain damage at Yelahanka in Bengaluru.

BBMP Chief Commissioner Tushar Giri nath inspecting rain damage at Yelahanka in Bengaluru. | Photo Credit: HANDOUT E MAIL

Rain lashed Bengaluru after a brief hiatus, inconveniencing commuters who had to wade through flooded roads. Accordingto the data shared by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), nine trees and 32 branches fell till 7 p.m. The BBMP managed to clear four trees and 18 branches. As the rain continued, the BBMP kept 63 teams on standby to respond to possible flooding.

According to the IMD, until 8.30 p.m., Bengaluru city received 13.4 mm, HAL 41.9 mm, and KIAL received trace rainfall. Due to heavy rain, the Panathur railway bridge was flooded resulting in significant traffic delays.

The traffic department advised people to use alternative routes to reach their homes. While several roads were inundated at Sarjapur and northern parts of Bengaluru, such as Kempapura, water entered a house near Yelachenahalli.

BBMP Chief Commissioner Tushar Giri Nath said that at Yelachenahalli, the drain was blocked due to Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) work, resulting in an overflow of rainwater on the road.

The BBMP swung into action to pump out the water, and BWSSB vacated its materials and earthmover from the site. Balakrishna Venkatesh, a businessman from Ranka Colony said Ranka Colony 6th main road was inundated. A team from the BBMP arrived quickly and drained the water out. He urged the civic body to stop unfinished works since it was a major cause for flooding.

The Bengaluru Traffic Police, who were constantly alerting on social media, listed Kempapura, Hebbal, Gorguntepalya, Tumakuru Road, Queen’s Road, Marathahalli, Hoodi Junction, Electronics City, and Panathur Railway Bridge, among others, as areas where traffic congestion was being caused by the heavy rain.

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