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Bengaluru Floods: HC Directs BBMP To Set Up Grievance Cells As Water Begins To Recede

The Karnataka HC order made it mandatory to set up a cell in each ward of Bengaluru, which will have an engineer to attend to the grievances of the public.

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A migrant carrying his belongings shifts from a flooded locality of Bellandur after heavy monsoon rains, in Bengaluru, Wednesday, Sep. 7, 2022. (PTI Photo/Shailendra Bhojak)

New Delhi: As Bengaluru reels under the devastating impact of heavy rains and flood-like situation, the Karnataka High Court on Wednesday directed the civic body Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) to immediately set up cells to address the grievances of the affected citizens.

The high court order made it mandatory to set up a cell in each ward of Bengaluru, which will have an engineer to attend to the grievances of the public. “The ward engineer in each ward shall be notified to deal with the grievance of residents,” the court said.

The BBMP has also been directed to notify the establishment of a team of engineers assigned for each ward. The engineers would hear the grievances of the residents and manage the “systematic water flow”. It also directed the civic agency to expedite such a proposal and obtain the state government’s approval at the earliest.

Meanwhile, normalcy slowly began to return to parts of Bengaluru ravaged by the rains for the past two days. Floodwaters started receding in some areas.

While several waterlogged roads were cleared, measures were being taken to remove water from the worst hit areas, PTI cited its sources as saying.

Traffic is almost returning to near-usual levels, and things may get back to normal very soon, they hoped. Bengaluru traffic police have issued an advisory regarding waterlogging near ‘Eco Space’ on the Outer Ring Road among other areas.

Also, the city’s Cauvery water supply is said to have resumed to a large extent, after the supply was hit in some areas because of flooding at a pumping station in T K Halli, officials said.

Inter-Ministerial Central Teams (IMCT) also met Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Wednesday to assess the extent of damage suffered in the state due to floods in the months of July and August.

(With PTI inputs)