Prime Minister Karnataka Basavaraj Bommai today blamed previous Parliamentary governments for ”bad operation” and unprecedented rains in Bengaluru for the flood.
Despite all the difficulties, he said, his government has seen this as a challenge to restore the city battered by floods, and ensure that such things do not happen again in the future.
Due to downpours that have pelted down the state capital over the past few days, some areas remain submerged with homes and vehicles partially submerged, affecting normal life.
“Karnataka, especially Bengaluru has not received unprecedented heavy rain.. in the past 90 years such rain has not been recorded. All tanks are full and overflow, some tanks are punctured, and there are it’s raining continuously, every day. It’s raining,” said Mr. Bommai.
Speaking to reporters here, he said a picture is being painted that the entire city is struggling, which is not the case.
“Basically the problem lies in two areas, especially Mahadevapura area for reasons like the presence of 69 tanks in that small area and almost all of them have been punctured or overflowed, second, all facilities are in low-lying areas, and third is encroachment,” he listed.
Noting that his government has seen this as a “challenge”, the Minister said officers, engineers and workers and teams of the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) are on duty 24/7. .
“We have cleared many of the encroachments and will continue to clear them. We are installing drains into the tank for better management. I have directed officials to ensure that the control room operates 24/7. We have started treatment – watering in most areas. Apart from one or two areas almost all areas have been dehydrated,” he said, adding that rain is not a respite. to work efficiently because of the daily rain.
Blaming the “bad and unplanned management” of previous Parliamentary governments for the current plight, Mr Bommai said they had authorized construction activities “from the right- center” in lake areas, on shorelines and buffer zones.
They never thought about maintaining the lakes, he said.
“Now I have taken it as a challenge. I have provided Rs 1,500 crore to develop the stormwater system, yesterday I issued Rs 300 crore to remove all encroachments and make a structure pucca structures along storm drains and for infrastructure, so that there are no obstacles and blockages in the flow of water,” he said.
Observed that TK Halli pump plant in Malavalli taluk of Mandya pumping Cauvery water to Bengaluru affected by overflow of Bheemeshwara river and water from surrounding lakes, Minister said, two pumping plants have been affected, flood water is in progress. drained, but it will take two days to drain and return to full capacity.
He said alternative plans have been developed to supply water to Bengaluru. About 8,000 wells under the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) and 4,000 wells under the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) will be activated and they will provide water during the Cauvery water supply interruption to the regions.
The water in the tankers will be supplied by the government to areas where there are no wells, he added. “I ask for everyone’s cooperation in the next 2-3 days.”
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