Thursday, July 24, 2008

BBMP can’t handle more than 80 mm rainfall a day

BBMP can’t handle more than 80 mm rainfall a day
Thursday July 24 2008 09:27 IST

Express News Service

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BANGALORE: While people from different parts of the State are performing pujas to please the 'rain Gods', the Bruhat Bangalore Mahangara Palike (BBMP) is praying that it should not rain above 80 mm per day in the City.

Though the BBMP claims that it is well equipped to face rain-related emergencies, if the City receives rainfall above 80 mm, the situation would be out of control.

Sources revealed that at a meeting held by the BBMP officials after the City received 83 mm rainfall on Sunday evening, the BBMP chief had expressed the Palike's inefficiency to handle rain-related problems.

Though the BBMP had completed works related to remodelling of Storm Water Drains (SWD), increasing the height of retaining walls along the SWD and clearing of clogged drains, the Palike is still not sure of preventing the rain-related problems if the City receives rainfall similar to that of Sunday evening.

According to the City Meteorological Department Director in-charge A Muthuchami, the City would not receive heavy rainfall in the next couple of days. “But next week, there may be heavy rainfall. Now, it is difficult to predict the situation of the next couple of days,” he said.

According to BBMP sources, the Palike is leaving no stones unturned in making this monsoon hassle-free. “Besides arranging helpline facility, a rain squad has been formed. A sum of Rs 50 crore has been set apart as emergency fund.

Areas such as Puttenahalli, Annaiah Reddy layout, J P Nagar IV Phase, Bandeppa Colony, Mangammanapalya, Hongasandra, Bommanahalli, Krishnaiahyana Palya and Bhadrappa layout have been identified as most vulnerable,” the sources added.


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