Sunday, August 31, 2008

Debris in lake triggers flood

Debris in lake triggers flood
BY CHETANA BELAGERE
BENGALURU








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It was not just rain that caused the flooding of Sai Garden Apartments in Kadugodi on Wednesday.

The apartment, that has about 450 flats, was built about 10 feet below the Medalli lake bed. The dumping of debris in the lake led to it overflowing and inundating the apartments.

According to BBMP official Chikkarayappa, the layout does not come under BBMP limits but is under the gram panchayat. The residents have also not lodged any complaint regarding the flooding of the area.

The president of Sai Garden Apartments told Deccan Chronicle that digging work and debris dumped into the Medalli lake near the apartment was responsible for the flooding in the area.

“The apartments were constructed five years ago. Similar flooding had occurred in 2005 when another apartment was being constructed. Even this year, there is an apartment coming up next door and the debris from the construction is being dumped into the Medalli lake which has led to the flooding,” Sunil Kumar, president of the apartments, said.

The water has now been drained and only the pathway leading to the apartment is still waterlogged. On Thursday, the flats on the ground floor were inundated with water.

The residents had to use coracles to get out of the building. There water was over two feet deep inside the homes.

2 Comments:

At Sunday, August 31, 2008 at 10:13:00 PM GMT+5:30, Blogger pbc said...

A cursory look at Google Maps tells me that this apartment complex was built in the middle of a flood plain.

What part of "FLOOD PLAIN" did people not understand when they:

0) permitted the buildings

1) built the apartments

2) bought the apartments

This is just plain stupidity in action.

Have a look yourself: tinyurl.com/5senl3

There is a big lake upstream to the left and a big wide green swampy area running to the right and the apartments are right smack dab in the middle of that.

Yes, I have empathy and sympathy for those suffering, but they should have known better.

 
At Monday, September 22, 2008 at 4:56:00 PM GMT+5:30, Blogger Sri said...

The author of this ariticle seams to have understood the tip of the problem and claims to know the entire problem.
Who is this sunil, and he is president of what? Where did you get this info?
For your information the flats were constructed 12 years back. The lay out has BDA approval.
The Nala that was going by the side of sai gardens was quite wide when sai gardens was constructed. The greedy builders around the area encroached the Nala and made it narrow. The greedy fishermen from the villages blocked the Nala so that water gets accumilated and fish can be collected, which added to the problem.
The sterlings the so called reputed builder What can a phas created a water body in their layout which is next to sai gardens, which is the main source of water gushing into sai gardens.
The owners association had couple of times dredged the Nalla from their own money because the local authorities were not heading to their pleas.
Don't just blame the people who bought the flats there.

 

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