Update on banglore floods

 As life comes to a halt in Bengaluru due to heavy flooding in residential areas and streets. More than 21000 people are affected. The State government has decided to provide a relief kit of rations to those affected by floods to ensure that their food requirement is taken care of at least for about 10 days, even as the death toll due to floods since June this year touched 73 in KarnatakaThe Outer Ring Road Companies Associations (ORRCA) in a letter submitted to Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Thursday estimated a collective loss of Rs 225 crore of all the firms it represents due to the flooding of outer ring road after heavy rain lashed the city on August 30 Announcing this at a press conference in Bengaluru on Monday, Revenue Minister R. Ashok said the kit would be provided immediately to those staying at the houses of their relatives and friends. Those accommodated in relief centers would get them when they return to their homes. He said 21 districts of the State had reported floods, covering 161 villages. In all, 73 people died due to floods since June, while 21,727 have been affected and 8,197 people had been rehabilitated. Of them, 7,387 people had been accommodated in relief centers. Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai said that the state government has decided to have one more company of the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) solely for Bengaluru, and ₹9.50 crore is being released for boats and other equipment for the same. India's insurance providers are bracing for a massive rise in claims for damaged cars and property as floodwaters start receding in India's tech hub Bengaluru, with initial estimates showing losses running into millions of rupees. Three days of heavy rainfall from Sept. 5 saw homes and offices in Bengaluru's IT corridor flooded, sparking chaos and raising questions over poor urban planning. Luxury cars and homes were submerged and some millionaires had to evacuate their homes.

Now, as residents start evaluating their losses, many were gearing up for delays in assessments by insurance companies because of the number of claims being filed. Flood management experts have dubbed this remodeling a project to help the land mafia.


Why? After their redesign, the drains have shrunk from about 60 feet to 18 feet along several flood-prone stretches dotted by fancy apartment complexes. This, as experts point out, clearly violates the National Green Tribunal’s guideline to maintain the physical integrity and buffer of the SWDs.The impact of this violation affected thousands last weekend. As rains pounded the Marathahalli area barely a km away from the HAL Airport, the drain – or rajakaluve, a channel that connects water bodies – taking excess water from the upstream Doddanekundi lake to Bellandur and Varthur overflowed. In a flash, vast swathes of the locality and its surroundings were five feet underwater.

The locals knew exactly what the problem was.“The rajakaluve here is 40 feet wide but, about 500 meters from here, has been narrowed down to just 10 feet by a big builder,” said Jagadish Reddy, who has lived in Marathahalli for decades. “They laid a slab over it for a road to their complex. We had complained several times and asked them to at least clear the silt under it, but they did not care even for the MLA."Only after chief minister Basavaraj Bommai visited the flood-affected areas and ordered the removal of encroachments on SWD that the people managing the residential enclave, which is named Divyasree 77, reluctantly agreed, Reddy added.


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