Two days of rain leaves Bengaluru in a complete mess

Bengaluru: Heavy rain on two consecutive days not only dampened the festive mood of several Bengalureans but also left many low-lying areas of the City including Koramangala, BTM Layout, Indiranagara, Chickpete and HSR layout flooded. The Meteorological Department forecasts heavy rain to continue for the next two days. 

Some people also posted pictures of inundated streets and slushy roads on social media platforms, criticizing the apathy and lack of planning by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP). Sewage was also overflowing from a number of manholes, leaving several parts of Bengaluru in a state of complete mess. 

According to Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre, highest rainfall of 63mm was recorded in Hoysala Nagara in Ramamurthy Nagara, followed by Bommanahalli with 62mm and BTM Layout with 59 mm. Lakkasandra in Koramangala received about 53mm of rainfall. 

Some of the places which were affected by rains include: Majestic, Shantinagar, HSR Layout, Garden Layout, HSR 6th Sector, Garepalya main road, Hongasandra, Kodichikkanahalli, Bilekahalli and Lumbini Gardens. The BBMP deployed an army of workers to dewater the roads. More than 60 families were affected as the rainwater hadf flooded their houses. 

BESCOM and BWSSB helpline numbers also remained busy with complaints of power cuts and overflowing of sewage. 

Deputy Chief Minister CN Ashwath Narayan and BBMP Commissioner Anil Kumar paid visit to affected areas and promised immediate solutions. Officials said that waterlogging across the city was cleared in just one hour. Anil Kumar said the BBMP would start Rs 150 crore project of remodelling storm water drains in Bommanahalli zone in two months.