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Bengaluru rain woes continue: Tractors, rafts on waterlogged streets, water pumps at layouts a common sight – News9 LIVE





2022-09-06T13:04:31+05:30
Commuters pass through a waterlogged road after heavy monsoon rains, near Wipro Technologies office at Sarjapur in Bengaluru. (Photo credit: PTI)
The situation in many parts of rain-hit Bengaluru on Tuesday remained more or less the same as it was on Monday, with streets waterlogged, houses and vehicles partially inundated, as torrential downpour lashed the capital city on September 5 night.
A footage shot from a helicopter near the Sarjapura-Bellandur-Marathahalli area showed that the traffic situation continued to remain difficult Besides massive waterlogging in Bellandur, Whitefield and Sarjapur Main Road, roads were also flooded on the ORR in Banaswadi and Old Airport Road.
Using boats and tractors to cross the streets and excavators to supply food and other essentials to the affected became a common sight in Bengaluru on Tuesday morning in several parts of the city like Yemalur, Rainbow Drive layout, Sunny Brooks Layout, and Marathahalli.
Many schools and colleges, including the ones in Mahadevapura, Bommanahalli, KR Puram, and Manduru, were closed.
“I came by tractor as roads are all submerged in water, also our vehicles are under water… I have exams from tomorrow, so I have to go to school,” a girl dressed in school uniform said.
“Water has not receded, as there was rain once again last night (Monday), in fact I feel it has increased. I have to go to the office, kids have schools, and I somehow used a tractor today. Request the government and authorities to do something and restore normalcy,” said an office goer.
Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai earlier said that some areas in the state capital have received 150 per cent more rains than normal between September 1 and 5. Mahadevapura, Bommanahalli and K.R.Puram have recorded 307 per cent excess rain.
“This was the highest rainfall in the last 42 years. All the 164 tanks in Bengaluru are filled to the brim,” he said.
Most parts of the Outer Ring Road, Sarjapur road, that houses some IT firms resembled lakes, affecting the movement of traffic. The situation remained the same on Tuesday morning as almost all the lanes of the ORR were flooded by rainwater.
#ecospace #bengalururains #BengaluruRain #bangalorerains Whoever working in the offices which are on the outer ring road of #Whitefield #Marathahalli #SilkBoard and other places.. Try to avoid, don’t come come to silk board- marathalli road. pic.twitter.com/hxIMeKc8CZ
Bikers pushing their two-wheelers that were stuck and pedestrians struggling to navigate through knee-deep water were a common sight in some places.
Residents of Chaitanya Ananya Villas and Apartments in Seegehalli were rescued by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) after a distress call.
The NDRF personnel in a late-night operation rescued the residents using inflatable boats.
In many areas, traffic police officers were seen aiding the commuters, who were stuck on the flooded roads.
Breakdown vehicles assisted at Belathur.@AddlCPTraffic @DCPTrEastBCP @acpwfieldtrf @blrcitytraffic pic.twitter.com/klAk9nJtbB
The HSR layout traffic police urged the commuters to avoid ORR near RMZ Ecospace and Sarjapur as the water was yet to recede.
Good morning,Present situation near eco space ,only heavy vehicles can move from both sides of the road near eco space of ORR.Kindly avoid orr and use the alternative roads. Thank you pic.twitter.com/0ibkCIehK7
Bommai, who chaired a meeting of senior Ministers and officials on Monday night said a decision has been taken to release Rs 300 crore to deal with the current rain situation as well as the maintenance of basic infrastructure in Bengaluru.
He also said that Rs 9.50 crore has been released to establish a company of State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) exclusively for Bengaluru and to provide the equipment.
On the T K Halli pump house in Malavalli taluk of Mandya which pumps Cauvery water to Bengaluru, being affected due to overflowing Bheemeshwara River and water from the surrounding lakes, the CM said flood water is being drained out, but it will take two days to drain out water from Cauvery 3rd stage pump house and to resume work.
Noting that an alternative plan has been formulated for water supply to Bengaluru, he said around 8,000 bore wells are under the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) control and they would be restarted to supply water during the disruption in the Cauvery water supply to areas.
Instructions have also been given to supply water from the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) bore wells to areas where there has been a disruption in water supply due to rain, Bommai further said, adding that Water in tankers will be supplied on behalf of the government to the areas where there are no bore wells.
On Tuesday, water tankers started to ply the roads to supply water to the affected areas. The water was being supplied to Bengaluru North, East and South zones.
(With inputs from TV9 Kannada and PTI)
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