Many Blame Encroachments, Poor Drainage | Bengaluru News – Times of India


Poor Drainage (File Photo)

BENGALURU: Ramesh Chandrashekar, 88, has written countless letters to government agencies and politicians, urging them to fix the issue of poor drainage near his house in 2nd Block, HBR Layout. Built in 1994, the house faced no problems until civic bodies redid the road in front and raised its height by 6-8 feet.
“I was not in the country in 2014 when they carried out the work. I am baffled over how they could do this without taking the consent of every citizen living on the road. Since then, every monsoon my house is flooded and my requests have been falling on deaf ears,” Chandrashekhar told TOI.
Residents in Mahadevapura are also at the receiving end of ill-planned development work by civic agencies. “A lot of work has been going on. Bescom is upgrading underground cables, BWSSB’s project of providing Cauvery water to 110 villages is ongoing, minor irrigation department is working on pipelines to carry treated water to local lakes and GAIL is working on gas pipelines. All of this is happening simultaneously and the consequences become unbearable during rain,” said a Mahadevapura resident.
Old Airport Road resembled a shallow river on the night of August 2, while Indiranagar’s Resident Welfare Association said Defence Colony was akin to Ulsoor Lake. CV Raman Nagar also saw waist-deep water at several spots due to clogged drains spewing filth on to roads and in houses.
Residents in most affected areas blamed encroachments on storm water drains and lakes, failure to desilt SWDs and tiny drains incapable of handling massive amounts of rainfall, shoddy road construction that has messed with surface levels, rainwater entering sewage lines instead of SWDs and complete lack of coordination between civic bodies for their plight.


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