Pramesh S Jain & Dr B Thomas (Special Correspondent)
No politics over floods:CM Bommai
Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai regretted that politics has crept in rain and floods.
He was speaking to mediapersons at Mysuru today.
The current situation calls for everyone to work on war-footing unitedly and rain will not come seeing any political party.
All the tanks across the state are full and there has been record rainfall everywhere.We have launched a war in rain and need to face this challenge United.
But it has become a habit to do politics over petty things”.
Rs.300 crore to be released to manage rains in State :
The state government will provide Rs 300 crore to deal with rain which has been lashing across the state,said Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai.
Bengaluru has never witnessed such heavy rains in the last 90 years.But it was projected as if the whole of Bengaluru is submerged.
In fact,only two zones,and among them only Mahadevapura Zone has been affected as there are 69 lakes in this area and all of them have overflowed.No drainage was designed for this kind of rain.
Bommai said all the 164 lakes in Bengaluru are full.The rain was unexpected.Unfortunately, there has been large-scale encroachment in Mahadevapura zone.
The Rajakaluves and drains are closed because of which the rain water accumulated in residential areas and in front of IT parks.
The staff are working day and night to drain out water which is quite challenging.Despite draining out water with the help of motors there is no space for the water to flow.
As both Varthur and Bellandur lakes are filled to the brim there was no let out for the excess water.
Besides,the release of water from these two lakes was controlled.The draining of water is expected to be completed by Wednesday evening.
I will personally go and inspect personally.All the encroachments will be removed without any mercy and it has been going on smoothly. Two SDRF companies are deployed in the affected areas to help the people.
The staff of BBMP, water board and BDA are working day and night. To deal with rain and infrastructure in Bengaluru, Rs 300 crore has been released, he noted.