Monday, October 27, 2008

Rain ruin: 1,500 houses flooded

Rain ruin: 1,500 houses flooded

Residential areas of Mangammanapalya off Bommanahalli flooded after heavy rains in Bangalore on Saturday.
Express News Service
First Published : 26 Oct 2008 05:06:00 AM IST
Last Updated : 26 Oct 2008 11:24:02 AM IST

BANGALORE: The continuing wet spell has yet again confirmed the inadequacy of the city’s drains and infrastructure as many areas in the city were flooded on Friday.

Heavy rains for over the week have caused inconvenience to residents of low-lying areas.

More than 1,500 houses in areas like Hongasandra, Bommanahalli, Garvebhavi Palya and Begur were flooded on Friday night following the breach of the Begur tank.

Water entered the houses around midnight.

Roads in those areas were flooded with water reaching more than five to six feet.

More than 18 vehicles were stuck in water.

Residents complained of the bad maintenance of drains by the BBMP. “This has been happening every time for almost three years now.” Rameshwar, a resident of Bommanahalli complained. Met officials say that the rains are likely to continue throughout the week.

Traffic woes

The holiday traffic stretched the city’s lean infrastructure as many motorists thronged shopping malls. Many roads were water-logged. Due to the lack of parking facilities many motorists had to park on the road.

In order to avert congestion at the Majestic area, buses to Tamil Nadu have been plying from the Shanthi Nagar bus station. Buses headed to Mysore and Kerala are plying from the Mysore Road satellite bus station.


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