City grapples with fallen trees, disrupted power supply, littered roads after two days of rain

Deputy Chief Minister inspects affected areas, reviews rain preparedness

Over 100 fallen trees, disrupted power supply in many areas, roads and footpaths littered with leaves and broken branches — this is the state of the city after two days of heavy rain.

On Monday morning, Deputy Chief Minister G. Parameshwara, who is also Bengaluru Development Minister, inspected many rain-affected areas in Vijaynagar, Malleswaram, and on West of Chord Road. He was accompanied by Mayor Gangambike Mallikarjun and senior Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) officials.

He noted that 61 teams from various departments, including BBMP and Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (Bescom), have been working to restore power supply and clear debris from the roads. With rains causing a lot of damage to the power cables, the power utility will take up an initiative to lay cable underground within two months.

Later, he reviewed rain preparedness and met with senior officials of all civic agencies.

Mr. Parameshwara directed officials to clear garbage from the roads that was causing water to stagnate. He also told them to supervise road maintenance to ensure there was no water-logging. The officials were instructed to book more cases against those found to be dumping garbage in stormwater drains, as this was affecting the flow of water, resulting in overflow and flooding. The officials claimed that dredging of drains would be completed before the onset of monsoon. He also suggested the BBMP helpline could be more active with the use of social media.

BBMP officials apprised Mr. Parameshwara that premix from Tamil Nadu had been procured to fill potholes. The pothole filled with this premix, which can be used even during the rains, is said to be long-lasting for a minimum period of one year. He added the eight zonal commissioners would lead monsoon preventive and response measures, and be held responsible for any untoward incident.

Electrocution cases

With regard to the spate of electrocution cases being reported in the city, he directed civic officials to demolish illegal buildings and constructions that have come up under high tension wires.

Bescom officials said most of the old lines have been replaced as a preventive measure ahead of the monsoon. The power utility is planning to open 20 more helpline centres in addition to the 45 that are currently functioning. The existing helplines have received 34,000 complaints in the last two days, the officials said.

They also said that a campaign would be launched to create awareness among citizens about the dangers of either coming close to or touching an electricity line. One way was to ensure this was to attach a pamphlet of dos and don’ts along with the electricity bill. Another way was to conduct essay and drawing competitions in schools.

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