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Dharam Singh orders remodelling of storm water drains

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Residents of the EWS Quarters in Ejipura share their woes with the Chief Minister, N. Dharam Singh, when he visited the area on Thursday. At right, Mr. Dharam Singh consoles the family of Anish (who was electrocuted on Monday). — Photo: V. Sr eenivasa Murthy

BANGALORE, JULY 15. The Chief Minister, N. Dharam Singh, on Thursday asked the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) and the city municipal councils (CMCs) to chalk out a master plan to remodel major storm water drains in their jurisdiction.

This would help in providing a permanent solution to overflowing drains and flooding of low-lying areas in the city, he said.

The Chief Minister was responding to an appeal made by the Mayor, P.R. Ramesh, during his visit to the rain-affected areas. The Mayor presented a memorandum to Mr. Dharam Singh asking him to direct the BDA and CMCs to remodel the storm water drains in their jurisdiction.

"Besides modernising drains within the city, it is necessary to remodel drains in the CMC and BDA layouts too. Only then we can avoid flooding in and around the city," the Mayor told the Chief Minister.


Mr. Ramesh also sought an additional grant of Rs. 10 crores to take up rain relief measures in the city. The Chief Minister promised that the demand would be considered.

Earlier, the Chief Minister inspected the storm water drain in front of a gurudwara in Ulsoor. The gurudwara authorities and residents complained to the Chief Minister that the drain was in a bad shape. As water stagnated there, drains in Shivajinagar overflowed, they said.

Mr. Dharam Singh later told presspersons that a Rs. 59-crore proposal to remodel the Chellaghatta drain (this is a part of the valley) had been approved by the Cabinet and work would start soon.

"The officials have informed me that a one-kilometre stretch of the drain bed has to be lowered by two feet to avoid backflow of water. The gurudwara authorities have agreed to dismantle the temporary sheds they have put up on the slabs covering the drain and work will start soon," he said.

Drama

There was drama near the Bangalore Mahanagara Palike's housing quarters for the economically weaker sections of society when the Chief Minister reached the spot.

A portion of one of the vacated blocks collapsed minutes before Mr. Dharam Singh went there. This enraged the residents who complained to the Chief Minister about their living conditions.

While the residents said three children were trapped in the debris, the Mahanagara Palike officials said there were no casualties. The Chief Minister asked the Mahanagara Palike Commissioner, K. Jothiramlingam, to rehabilitate the residents. He also said that the blocks should be demolished.

The former Chief Minister, S.M. Krishna, had visited the quarters seven months ago and ordered that the contractors of the building be blacklisted and action be initiated against the engineers. He had asked the Mahanagara Palike to rehabilitate the residents and demolish the quarters.

Though the contractors have been blacklisted, the Mahanagara Palike is yet to take up rehabilitation work.

The Chief Minister inspected the Ulsoor Lake and expressed satisfaction over its restoration. He visited BTM II Stage, which was flooded after the Madivala Lake overflowed, and the drain behind the National Games Village.

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