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Know why B'luru went 6ft under during weekend


Y Maheswara Reddy


Why did Bengaluru cross six toes beneath throughout the weekend? Because town directors sat on their palms all this while. Result: Over 100 bushes fell, snapping energy lines and plunging the town into darkness

Monday morning blues were excruciating for many Bengalureans after they noticed gigantic bushes decreased to puny stumps – Sunday evening’s rains had wreaked havoc on Bengaluru.

Trees collapsing because of gale force winds and heavy rains is not a brand new phenomenon for Bengaluru; if you happen to idea that this yr it’s worse because rains had been lashing the town relentlessly, you're unsuitable. Between March 1 and May 27, Bengaluru received 166.five mm cumulative rainfall. Last yr, throughout the same length, it was over 250 mm. “This figure is calculated from the knowledge to be had from about 1,000 Telemetric Rain Gauges installed across the Bangalore Urban District,” said SN Gavaskar of the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC).

“We had been warning the state govt on a daily basis for the reason that beginning of this yr’s pre-monsoon season. Based on the warning they were supposed to take vital action,” said Geeta Agnihotri, head of India Meteorological Department (IMD), Bengaluru.

Photos: Fallen bushes, smashed vehicles -pre-monsoon showers in Bengaluru have caused large devastation within the town

Silence after the typhoon

The weekend didn't cross really well for the citizens of Bengaluru as the town was flooded because of heavy rains that also caused a large number of damage to automobiles. Rains noticed several bushes being uprooted besides electricity poles. At least one particular person has died within the rain-related destruction. Photo through Praveen Kumar/MMCL

Work in development

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike’s (BBMP) woodland cellular has been running to transparent the roads because of fallen bushes and branches. Almost 56 bushes had been uprooted and 596 branches had fallen. There are 21 groups of tree cutters which are appointed for this job. Photo through Anantha Subramanyam Ok/ MMCL

Time to wake up!

Bengaluru’s DCM G Parameshwara and Mayor Gangambike Mallikarjun visited rain-affected areas. Monsoon has not yet begun and the town is already in chaos causing immense damage to private and public assets including a lack of existence. Photo through Anantha Subramanyam Ok/ MMCL

Shades of gray

Lightning moves with the enforcing Vidhana Soudha within the foreground. Many areas suffered issues of energy disruption, site visitors jams because of roadblocks. Rajanakunte, Shivajinagar, JP Nagar, Vijaynagar, Malleshwaram were a few areas that suffered because of energy supply problems. Photo through Anantha Subramanyam Ok/ MMCL

Always ready to help

Bangalore site visitors police are monitoring streets for the graceful functioning of the site visitors as well as serving to commuters whose cars have damaged down on the streets.

An unfortunate tragedy

A resident of Kateramma Slum, Sateesh (32 years) got electrocuted while he was seeking to transparent the branches and got here in contact with an entangled live twine. Authorities said they have a tough time dealing with illegal connections the place supply is taken at once from the top stress wires.

Cubbon Park devastation

Cubbon Park is likely one of the open areas within the cities and part of the town's green lungs. But because of the torrential rains, at least ten bushes were reportedly uprooted here. According to the president of the park’s walkers association, yearly, plenty of bushes are destroyed because of the rains resulting in a drop within the town's green cover.

Falling aside

After the heavy downpour witnessed over the weekend, points of interest like these were not unusual within the town. This tree fell on a car in Jayamahal Park.



So what happened?

In two words – rigor mortis. It has change into a dependancy for the Mayor, Minister for Bengaluru Development and other officials to discuss with some rain-affected areas and pull up junior officials in entrance of the cameras. But to Bengalureans, it’s as transparent as Talakaveri water that these visits are simply PR workout.

On the bottom, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahangara Palike (BBMP) has taken few steps to give protection to the town, its citizens and its herbal attractiveness. There are 21 groups of tree cutters with the BBMP woodland division however they are yet to get arrears value crores of rupees for the previous few years and are thus reluctant to take in fresh paintings.

BBMP Deputy Conservator of Forests MK Cholarajappa couldn’t be troubled more. He says his accountability ends as soon as he forwards the main points of the arrears to raised authorities.

Indiscriminate trimming of branches, slicing of roots for infrastructure paintings and concretising footpaths round bushes are one of the crucial alternative ways through which the BBMP moves the deadly blow.

“Many bushes within the town that have no area across the stumps. Concretising pavements without leaving any area across the tree stumps for percolation of rain water will weaken the bushes,” says Suresh Heblikar, an environmentalist.

That’s not all. BBMP is not taking steps to ensure that the lost green cover is come what may replenished. “Not a unmarried sapling was planted throughout remaining yr. No BBMP authorities or elected representatives have troubled about the wish to plant increasingly more saplings,” says Vijay Nishanth, an urban conservationist and animal activist.

Heblikar says that the primary reason why bushes fell in such huge numbers is the loss of an expert committee for identification of old and decayed bushes. “The BBMP had constituted an expert committee more than a decade in the past when MR Sreenivasa Murthy was BBMP Commissioner. Ironically, the professional crew became defunct after two months. Till now, no effort has been made for constituting an expert committee,” he says.

“The concretisation of pavements and drains is the primary reason why for the bushes turning into weak. The other reason why is indiscriminate and unscientific trimming of tree branches through Bescom workers. Cutting of tree branches causes fungus and termite infestations thus making bushes weak,” says SG Neginhal, the person responsible for the loads of bushes that line Bengaluru’s roads.

Chaos at KIA

Sunday’s heavy downpour inconvenienced fliers. For about part an hour, between eight.17 pm and 8.51 pm, no flights took off or landed because of inclement climate, resulting in a cascading effect. At least 10 flights were diverted to within sight airports as touchdown was not conceivable.

However, many passengers had a nightmarish experience because the roads resulting in the airport were chock-a-block. A hoarding had collapsed near the Trumpet Intersection resulting in slow motion of site visitors.

Passengers additionally faced difficulties because of the unavailability of cabs.

“Pathetic to look @BLRAirport disintegrated to its lowest level until date. 90 minutes looking forward to taxi. Unscientific queue for taxi. Mosquito menace. People drowsing in airport premises with blankets & mosquito web. Overall 3rd grade bus stand feeling,” @RameshBeeke said.

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The dark ages

Bescom took a heavy beating on Sunday evening -- not handiest did its transformers cave in and tool lines snapped, it additionally faced the ire of Bengalureans who had a powerless evening. In Singanayakanahalli and Rajanukunte divisions, there was an influence outage of over 20 hours. The E4 sub division which supplies energy to areas like Shanti Niketan and Bagmane Tech Park has been supplying energy for handiest 4 4 hours each day for the previous three days. Residents of Cooke Town and Malleswaram too faced the brunt of energy outage as the realm reeled beneath an influence reduce of over 15 hours. RT Nagar 1st Block house had to face an influence outage of over 20 hours.
— Bharat Hegde


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