Saturday, July 31, 2010

Palike gears up for rain trouble

Palike gears up for rain trouble



Express News Service First Published : 31 Jul 2010 06:39:51 AM ISTLast Updated : 31 Jul 2010 11:32:42 AM IST
BANGALORE: To increase its monsoon preparedness, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike will deploy more manpower to handle flooding and rain-related mishaps.
BBMP Commissioner Siddaiah had directed officials to identify the low-lying areas in the city where flooding was imminent to take precautionary measures.
“All the officials and zonal offices and Prahari teams are informed and equipped to clean up places to avoid any problems during heavy rains,” Siddaiah said.
He said de-silting of drains was underway and nearly 75 per cent of the work was complete.
The commissioner had directed the officials to complete the de-silting by July 31.
“All the encroachments on storm water drains would be removed,” he said.
He said raincoats and essential equipment would be kept in all zones to ensure that any situation can be attended to at the earliest.
He said other civic agencies were being roped in to ensure coordination.
“We have informed the Forest Department for clearing uprooted trees,” he said.
He also said the number of control room personnel would be increased to attend and circulate information regarding such cases.

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