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Timber yet to be cleared

Staff Reporter

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Bangalore: Branches of several trees that crashed during strong winds in the city on Wednesday were yet to be cleared even on Thursday afternoon, as officials were busy with the general elections.

Timber on K.R. Road and at the junction of D.V.G Road were yet to be cleared although complaint had been lodged with the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP).

A juice shop owner whose entrance had been blocked by a tree branch on D.V.G. Road said: “I am tired of calling the BBMP officers. They are all saying they are busy with elections and cannot bother with trees today.” A smart Alec who was sipping juice interjected: “Not that they do on ordinary days.”

The shop owner said that he could only clear out some portion of the mess with a sickle, and was awaiting officials to remove the tree trunk as it was heavy.

Meanwhile, Venkateshappa, Tree Officer (Bangalore South) BBMP, said: “We have a cleared a majority of the timber.” He added that the rest was being cleared as per procedure and would be completed in a day or two. Apart from the trees, several electricity and telephone poles were yet to be removed.

Fire in court

Several documents were gutted in an accidental fire accident at the Traffic Court in the Session Court’s Complex near Cauvery Bhavan here on Thursday evening. According to the officials of Department of Fire and Emergency Services, the fire broke out at the computer room because of electric short circuit around 5.45 p.m. The officials doused the fire.

Burgled

Diamond and gold jewellery estimated at Rs. 3 lakh was stolen from a house at Dodda Banaswadi near Ramamurthy Nagar here on Wednesday evening. According to the Ramamurthy Nagar police, a housewife Uma Indrakumar in her complaint has said that some persons entered her house by breaking open the backdoor and committed the crime.

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