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While lack of funds is always a constraint for taking up civic works, celebrations do not seem to face this problem, if the BMP's lavish allocation for Kempe Gowda Day is any indication.
The celebrations spread over three days and across the city have, no doubt, drained the BMP treasury. Apart from entire streets being illuminated, the area corporators, who are overseeing the celebrations, have hired orchestra groups to perform something which is an integral part of all our public events.
But this is no music to the ears of Bangaloreans as civic works have suddenly come to a standstill.
The BMP seems to have taken a break from its routine duties and has wholeheartedly become a party to the celebrations. Moreover, squandering of public money is uncalled for, especially in a city such as Bangalore whose infrastructure needs all the improvement the authorities concerned can manage.
Flood on road
The following day, when heavy rain lashed Bangalore, the water level rose so dangerously on this stretch that some youths were seen diverting traffic from the road even past midnight.
Thanks to them, no life was lost.
It seems the drains on either side of the road are clogged and the flow of stormwater into the canal is blocked.
The authorities concerned should take immediate steps to clear the drain.
The Railway authorities should hence extend the train to Kumbakonam. This will help passengers bound for Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, and Nagapattinam districts of Tamil Nadu.
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