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Bengaluru deluge: BBMP at fault, admits government

Prime News, State, (Bengaluru), August 21:- Negligence on the part of Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike ( BBMP) officials caused flooding in ST Bed Layout in Koramangala, southeast Bengaluru, following heavy rainfall on the morning of August 15, the state government had admitted.

Bengaluru Development Minister K J George, Transport Minister Ramalinga Reddy and Mayor G Padmavathi went around rain-affected localities on Saturday to assess the damage and interact with the affected residents. They all conceded that the civic body is responsible for the deluge.

BBMP Commissioner N Manjunath Prasad said: “A portion of the retention wall of the storm water drain (SWD) was kept open as silt was being removed when it started to rain heavily around the midnight of August 14. The inundation and seepage of sewage water into homes could have been avoided had we taken proper measures.”

George promised to take “proper measures” to avoid recurrence of the problem. “I have instructed the engineer concerned to complete the work on the four SWDs in this area in 20 days,” he said while announcing compensation for houses and valuables damaged in the deluge. But the quantum of compensation is yet to be determined.

At a review meeting after the inspection, George announced disciplinary action against the executive engineer concerned.

Speaking to the residents, Reddy, who is also the local MLA, said: “Even though people haven’t asked for any compensation we are giving it since it’s our mistake.” The Revenue Department will decide on the quantum of compensation, he added.

The mayor apologised to the residents on behalf of the BBMP and promised that the problem would not recur.

-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)

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