New Delhi: As heavy rains battered Bengaluru, leading to waterlogging in most parts of the city, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Tuesday held ‘maladministration’ by the previous Congress governments responsible for the deluge. Further, an incident of a young woman’s death due to electrocution on a waterlogged streets sparked outrage in the city.
Meanwhile, the IT firms, which have suffered massive losses, resorted to work-from-home as it became impossible for the employees to reach the offices. Primary and high schools in the Bengaluru East Zone will remain closed tomorrow due to heavy rainfall and waterlogging, according to the Block Education Officer.
Amid the loss and destruction due to torrential downpour and waterlogging, the Chief Minister said his government has taken it up as a challenge to restore the rain battered city, and make sure that such things don’t recur in the future.
As heavy rains lashed the state capital for two days in a row, normal life came to a standstill with several areas still under water and houses and vehicles partially inundated.
“Karnataka, especially Bengaluru has not received unprecedented heavy rain.. for the last 90 years such rain has not been recorded. All the tanks are full and are overflowing, some of them have breached, and there have been continuous rains, every day it is raining,” news agency PTI quoted Bommai as saying.
Bommai also sought to clarify that unlike the picture being portrayed that the entire city was facing difficulties, it was not the case. “Basically the issue lies in two zones, particularly the Mahadevapura zone for reasons such as presence of 69 tanks in that small area and almost all of them have either breached or are overflowing, secondly, all establishments are in low lying areas, and the third is encroachments,” he said.
The Chief Minister also blamed “maladministration and unplanned administration” of the previous governments alleging they had given permissions for construction activities “right-left-centre” in the lake areas, on the tank bunds and buffer zones. He accused the Congress for not maintaining the lakes.
“I have given Rs 1,500 crores for development of storm water drains, I have yesterday released Rs 300 crore to remove all encroachments and do a pucca structure along the storm water drains and for the infrastructure, so that there are no impediments and bottleneck in the flow of water.” Bommai assured the citizens that the flood water is being drained out.
Oppn Hits Back At Karnataka Govt
Hitting back at the Chief Minister, Congress state president D K Shivakumar urged the Bommai administration to perform or face election. He also alleged that the “corrupt” BJP government and its officials were responsible for Bengaluru’s current situation.
Reacting to the Chief Minister’s statement, Shivakumar said, “If there were encroachments during the Congress tenure, let them (BJP) clear it, they had earlier got five years’ time, they had now got five years, they should have done it…not performing while in power and blaming previous Congress governments instead is not right.”
IT Firms Announce Work-From-Home
Top IT firms and startups in Bengaluru have asked their staff to work from home as rains lead to waterlogging and snapping of water and electricity supplies.
While parts of the city that houses several global companies and home-grown startups, were under water, operations in IT firms and startups were largely unaffected as most of them had power backup and a hybrid work environment where some employees logged in from home.
But some of the posh housing colonies were flooded and tractors were pressed into service to rescue residents
As rains disrupted traffic and threw lives out of gear, footages of IT workers travelling in tractors to reach workplace amid heavy waterlogging in the city, also surfaced on social media platforms.
Well-known firms like Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Wipro, Unacademy, MediaTek Bengaluru, Meesho, among others issued guidelines for their employees and asked to them exercise caution.
Woman Dies Due To Electrocution
A 23-year-old woman allegedly died due to electrocution after her scooty broke down on a waterlogged street and she lost her balance. According to reports, she came into contact with an electric pole while trying to regain balance.
Locals rushed the woman to a hospital, where she succumbed. The deceased was working in the admin department of a private school.
(With PTI inputs)