Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said on Wednesday that the government was working on a rehabilitation program for people living in flood-affected areas of the city. Speaking to reporters in Bangalore, Bommai also said that a task force has also been set up to repair potholes in the city.
“There are at least two or three problems when it rains in Bengaluru. Low areas are flooded, areas around lakes are abandoned, and storm sewers are overflowing. Instead of acting in the event of a flood, we asked Commissioner Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) to find a permanent solution and carry out rehabilitation works in these areas, ”he said.
Elaborating on the rehabilitation plans, the chief minister said that a survey will be carried out to identify vulnerable areas and alternative lands for those to be rehabilitated.
BBMP Commissioner Gaurav Gupta said on Wednesday that civic agencies identified 539 hotspots in the city last year and their number had been reduced to 185. Stating low areas are a concern, he said: “There are nearly 750 main storm water drains. in the city. We built retaining walls in about half of these DATs. The wall prevents water overflows during heavy rains and is a permanent solution to control any damage, ”he said.
He further added that 63 sub-division level control rooms have been set up to deal with rain and flood damage and will be operational until the end of October. Gupta also said a disaster management plan has been prepared. An investigation was also carried out to find out the extent of the damage caused by the rain and what needs to be done, he added.
The city of Bengaluru on Sunday recorded the highest rainfall in October since 1997, as the retreating monsoon triggered heavy downpours and thunderstorms that flooded several neighborhoods. BS Nagaraj Dhanya, former secretary of the Bangalore Hotel Association and the Karnataka Hotel Association, was killed in the downpour in the wee hours of Monday. Power cuts and congestion in several low-lying areas of the city have also been reported. According to BBMP, 31 complaints of waterlogging and cases of falling trees have been reported in the city.
Bommai said on Wednesday that a task force had been created to address potholes in the roads. “They will examine the condition and repair history of all roads in Bengaluru and report back. This will be the first part. Pothole filling and other repairs will take place at the same time. We asked BBMP to complete this work scientifically. We will finish the work of filling all the potholes as soon as the rains are over, ”said the CM.
When asked why the work would not be completed by the end of the monsoons, Bommai said the priority was to have a permanent solution to the pothole problem. “From our experience so far, we know the areas where there are (pothole) problems. So we want to fix them properly, ”he said.
On October 1, Karnataka’s Minister of Revenue declared that all roads in Bengaluru would be pothole-free in 30 days, setting another deadline, after many missed deadlines, to provide one of the most needed equipment. more basic to residents. R Ashok, Karnataka’s revenue minister and interim head of Bengaluru city, said another ??1,000 crore has been released in a bid to repair roads in the newly added localities of Bengaluru, where damaged roads have added to the nightmarish experience of residents, especially during the monsoons.
The chief minister even revealed to the upper house of the state legislature during the recently concluded monsoon session that the state government had spent ??20,060 crore on various road works in Bengaluru over the past five years.
Bommai, who holds the Bengaluru portfolio, said there were only 1,344 km of roads on the more than 11,200 km of roads that were mobile in the city, admitting one of the biggest challenges of infrastructure that eats away at India’s IT capital in perpetuity.
Successive governments have often relied on the same “developing city” excuse as a way to sidestep responsibility for its apathy to provide drivable roads free of potholes, slush, dust and life-threatening stretches. .