Heavy spell of rain slows down city

By : Team Softcopy

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Bangalore, October 5, 2017: A torrential downpour in the afternoon of Thursday nearly brought Bangalore to a halt, leaving people stranded in their offices and on the road.

Traffic crawled on most roads in the city after 5 p.m., and several roads turned into virtual canals. 

The Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC) has issued a flood alert, as has the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP).

H.T Bettegowda, Chief Engineer of Storm Water Drains, BBMP said that due to heavy rainfall, major drains were brimming over and in some cases, overflowing. 

Areas like HSR and BTM Layout, Nayandahalli, and Outer Ring Road which are low lying areas get flooded the most. The BBMP has begun clearing up some of these drains, he added.

The heavy downpour also resulted in the Vrishabhavathi overflowing at Nayandahalli junction on Mysore Road. Ravi, a commuter said, “It has been raining heavily, and many of us are standing on our vehicles because the water level is up to the seat of our motorbikes. I am not sure if my vehicle will start after the water gets drained.”
KSNDMC Project Manager Shubha Avinash said that the Centre had issued a flood alert in low lying areas of South, Central and East Bangalore. Seshadripuram, BTM Layout and other areas of South Bangalore are expected to be flooded.  The city had recorded 60 mm rainfall till 4:30 pm, she said.

Bettegowda said that most drains in the city cannot handle more than 100 mm rainfall in a day.

Traffic crawled in most parts of the city. What was a short ride usually, took hours.

Aaron Karthik, a resident of Kundanahalli said, it usually takes him 40 minutes to travel from Indiranagar to his residence but due to heavy rainfall, it took him more than two hours on Thursday evening.

Somnath Chatterjee, a resident of HBR Layout said that the Railway under bridge at Bayappanahalli had flooded. Traffic had stalled and he had to wait in the bus for more than two hours, he said. 

Others were planning to stay back in their offices. 

“We have to spend the night at our office because we are stuck due to incessant rainfall,” said Soumya Bhattacharyya an employee at Infosys. 

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