Friday, August 29, 2008

Fight rain on your own

Fight rain on your own
BY CHANDRASHEKAR G. AND DEEPA DINAKAR
BENGALURU








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: Residents of posh apartments, and high rise and commercial buildings in low lying areas of the city have formed Rain Brain and other similar associations to find solutions to the problems caused by rain in their localities.

People of such apartments have decided not to park their vehicles near dilapidated walls, drains, buildings and under old trees.

They plan to start a letter campaign mentioning the problems and suggesting solutions to draw the attention of the authorities.

People here have decided not to rely on the BBMP, but to come up with their own methods to fight rain fury.

“We in our area, have formed an association called Rain Brain and the members will brain storm with experts to come up with some solutions to prevent clogging of drains, mixing of sewage water with drinking water and flooding of our houses,” Mr Divesh Kale, a resident of JP Nagar 6th phase said.

“What do we do? We are left with no choice but come up with our own solutions,” said Ms Chandrika Ravi, a teacher from Puttenahalli.

Wednesday’s rain didn’t affect only houses in low lying areas but also posh apartments in upmarket areas like CV Raman Nagar and Indiranagar.

Some of the shops on Brigade Road and Commercial street were also flooded. Many couldn’t go to work or even send their children to school.

Mr Padmanabha H., of Metro Layout at Jagajeevanramnagar, said his family had to stay in their tenant’s house as the ground floor was completely submerged in water.

“We hired a pump to flush out water from our house. I had to shell out Rs 5,000 for diesel, pump and labour. Some important documents were soaked while some were destroyed,” he said.

“BBMP officials attend only to temporary works and don’t look at long term or permanent solutions,” said Roopa, who lives in an apartment in CV Raman Nagar.

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