Saturday, May 23, 2009

Citizens get a taste of things to come

Citizens get a taste of things to come
Trees Fall | Four-Wheelers Submerge | Walls Collapse | Blackouts

Bangalore: The showers are over, it’s the real thing now. Winds and rain buffeted the city on Thursday evening, and the Met department logged a good 45.6 mm till 8.30 pm.
As the sheets of rain came down, it was the same old monsoon story: choking drains, falling trees, flooded roads. And the BBMP control room phones began ringing, with complaints of water-logging and tree fall. A collapsed compound wall near Sharada talkies, parked two-wheelers floating away, and cars halfsubmerged on a heavily waterlogged Quadrant Road in Shivajinagar — these were a few rescue missions on their list.
“It’s been the case for the last 40 years. Nothing has changed,’’ says Siddaiah, a resident of Indiranagar 80 Feet Road. There was severe waterlogging in Koramangala and Byappanahalli too. Mahadevapura control room also received five complaints of water-logging and one tree fall. Water flowed into several houses in Sultanpalya, near P&T Colony.
D J Halli and Koramangala 4th and 6th block, BBMP additional commissioner (East) S Puttaswamy said much of it was due to the asphalting works going on in D J Halli that blocked the drains. Parts of Vittal Mallya Road were also affected. While fallen branches stalled traffic on Dr Rajkumar Road, the sudden collapse of two huge trees on CMR Main Road in Hennur-Banaswadi Layout crushed two cars completely.
Trees fell in a few other places too, affecting traffic — three in Kammanahalli, one near Murphy Town church in Ulsoor and one in Fraser Town. A couple of trees also fell in Chamarajpet and 6th Block Sultanpalya. Water blocked a part of the power station in Adugodi, which affected power supply in the area for more than an hour.


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