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Why are residents of NGEF layout afraid of rain?

By Y Maheswara Reddy

Area will get flooded even with little rain after an condo’s boundary wall used to be built

While the general public in Bengaluru welcome rain with a lot enthusiasm, the residents of New NGEF Layout and its adjacent areas dread rainfall. These residents are ready to deal with sweltering warmth but not with moderate rainfall. The reason: a moderate rainfall is enough to make their lives depressing.

Their homes get flooded with rain water that will get combined with grimy water from the nearby open drain. If it rains at evening, they have to stay wide awake. The residents mentioned they have been residing in the space for greater than a decade and all these years they did not have any issues.

“We are facing this problem since 12 months. Earlier, rain water used to waft into the nearby storm water drain without any bother. There used to be no flooding in our space. It all started when the builder built a retaining wall around his condo advanced, Sidvin Grace Apartments,’’ says Manjunath H V, a resident.

The residents, who are already spending an enormous sum of money for water from private water providers, need to spend more to scrub the sumps.

“I spent cash to scrub the sump 3 times in two months (April and May). Dirty water enters the sump each time it rains,’’ says Naveen B G, another resident.

The residents alleged that Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) had asphalted a highway that connects their layout with Mallathahalli, however the builder reclaimed it declaring that the street used to be built on his land.

“We suspect that politicians are supporting the builder. Even after informing the elected representatives, they did not anything to convince the builder to make means for rainwater waft into the nearby storm water drain,’’ Manjunath rues.

Meanwhile, Venkatesh, one of the partners of Sidvin Grace Apartments, has claimed that he has not violated the norms whilst constructing the retaining wall.

“The sewage line is passing through our land. We didn't object to it. Now, the residents are challenging to make means for rain water to succeed in the storm water drain. I can't take a choice on this factor with out consulting my partners,’’ says Venkatesh.

Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) Assistant Engineer, C P Hanumantharaju has confirmed that the builder is violating the norms.

“I visited the spot and located that the retaining wall has been built on a manhole. I have urged the builder to provide paperwork to turn out that the wall used to be on his land. He is but to show me the evidence. If he fails to show up on Saturday, I will visit the spot again and suggest my senior officer on the motion to be taken against him,’’ says Hanumantharaju.

However, Jnanabharathi ward Corporator, Tejaswini D G has feigned lack of understanding of the residents’ problem. “I bear in mind of visiting the spot when the construction work used to be in progress. No one has introduced up the issue of structures flooded with rain water. I will discuss about it in the subsequent ward committee meeting,’’ assures Tejaswini.

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