Boats on Bengaluru roads amid heavy downpours; CM says SDRF teams dispatched

Boats have been deployed to the outskirts of Bengaluru after heavy rains hit and flooded the town.

The most affected areas were the Computer Center regions of Electronics City, Marathahalli, Outer Ring Road, Mahadevapura, Whitefield and Bommanahalli.

Chief Minister Basavara Bommai said on Monday that Bengaluru city received heavy rains which severely damaged 30 places in Mahadevapura and Bommanahalli areas. Both areas are home to large IT companies in addition to housing a large portion of IT professionals.

“Instructions are given to send two teams of the State Disaster Relief Force (SDRF) with 30 members in each team to affected locations. Officials are instructed to drain water from the roads. Anything that is already decided will be implemented according to plan,” he added. .

Employees of IT and BT companies have been facing the fury of heavy rain for more than 10 days. Thousands of professionals were unable to get to their place of work. Major businesses on the Outer Ring Road section have asked their employees to work from home following major waterlogging issues.

Technicians who entered public transport were forced to walk for miles as buses were hit in traffic as roads were flooded. Those who took private vehicles were also stuck in traffic for hours.

The Balagere-Panathur road in Varthur has turned into a river because the storm drains are blocked. Residents of apartments in the area were evacuated with boats.

Chief Minister Bommai also said that he will visit TKHalli unit of Bengaluru water board in Mandya district which will manage the drinking water supply of Bengaluru city which has been affected due to the influx of water in the unit following heavy rain Sunday evening.

“I am leaving for Mandya shortly after Teachers’ Day to assess the situation,” he told reporters at Vidhana Soudha on Monday.

He said the chairman of BWSSB, engineers, secretary of urban development department are already sent to the unit. Mandya district officials are busy draining water from the pumping station. The situation should be brought under control by the evening. The technical team is working on the emergency mode to restart the machines. “I will visit and give the necessary instructions”.

–IANS

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