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Bengaluru Flooding: Chief Minister Blames Previous Congress Government

Basavaraj Bommai blamed former Congress governments’ for flooding state of affairs in Bengaluru.


Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai at this time blamed the earlier Congress governments’ ‘maladministration’ and unprecedented rains in Bengaluru for the deluge.

He mentioned, regardless of all odds, his authorities has taken it up as a problem to revive the rain battered metropolis, and be sure that such issues do not recur sooner or later.

Owing to the torrential downpour that lashed the state capital for the final couple of days, a number of areas are nonetheless underneath water with homes and automobiles partially inundated, there by affecting regular life.

“Karnataka, particularly Bengaluru has not obtained unprecedented heavy rain.. for the final 90 years such rain has not been recorded. All of the tanks are full and are overflowing, a few of them have breached, and there have been steady rains, each day it’s raining,” Mr Bommai mentioned.

Talking to reporters right here, he mentioned an image is being portrayed that your complete metropolis is going through difficulties, which isn’t the case.

“Principally the problem lies in two zones, significantly the Mahadevapura zone for causes equivalent to presence of 69 tanks in that small space and virtually all of them have both breached or are overflowing, secondly, all institutions are in low mendacity areas, and the third is encroachments,” he listed out.

Noting that his authorities has taken it as a “problem”, the Chief Minister mentioned officers, engineers and staff and State Catastrophe Response Drive (SDRF) groups are working 24/7.

“We now have cleared numerous encroachments and we are going to proceed to clear them. We’re putting in sluice gates to the tanks in order that they are often managed higher. I’ve instructed officers to make sure that the management room works 24/7. We now have began de-watering in a lot of the areas. Aside from one or two areas virtually all areas have been de-watered,” he mentioned, including that rain is just not giving respite to work correctly as there have been rains each day.

Blaming “maladministration and unplanned administration” of the earlier Congress governments for the current distress, Mr Bommai mentioned they’d given permissions for development actions “right-left-centre” within the lake areas, on the tank bunds and buffer zones.

That they had by no means considered sustaining the lakes, he mentioned.

“Now I’ve taken it up as a problem. I’ve given Rs 1,500 crores for improvement of storm water drains, I’ve yesterday launched Rs 300 crore to take away all encroachments and do a pucca construction alongside the storm water drains and for the infrastructure, in order that there are not any impediments and bottleneck within the circulation of water,” he mentioned.

Observing that the TK Halli pump home in Malavalli taluk of Mandya which pumps Cauvery water to Bengaluru is affected as a consequence of overflowing Bheemeshwara River and water from the encircling lakes, the Chief Minister mentioned, two pump homes had been affected, flood water is being drained out, however it is going to take two days to empty out water and to renew work in full capability.

Various plan has been formulated for water provide to Bengaluru, he mentioned. Round 8,000 bore wells are underneath the Bangalore Water Provide and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) and 4,000 underneath Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) will probably be activated and they might provide water in the course of the disruption in Cauvery water provide to areas.

Water in tankers will probably be equipped on behalf of the federal government to the areas the place there are not any bore wells, he added. “I request cooperation of individuals for the following 2-3 days.”

(Apart from the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV workers and is printed from a syndicated feed.)

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