Shopkeepers in ST Bed Layout yet to receive flood relief compensation


Peps The Great Sleep Store remained shut since the flooding

Bangalore, Sept 27, 2017: Shopkeepers in ST Bed Layout, Kormangala have not been compensated by Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) for the damage caused by flooding on August 14, 2017.

Dr. TH Vishwanath, Joint Commissioner, BBMP said the civic body had promised compensation after the flooding but the file has been sent to Commissioner for further action. He added further details could be only disclosed once the approval is given.

Ashwini Ramesh, owner of Keerthi Enterprises, a stationery shop in the area said it’s been 20 days since she applied for the compensation but there has been no response from BBMP. She added that her business is low as she continues to operate the shop without functioning equipment as the water had entered her shop and damaged two printers and an inverter.

Peps the Great Sleep Store, a mattress shop in the area has remained shut since the flooding happened. Deepak S, salesperson at Peps India Office, said renovation work is underway in the store due to damage caused by flooding.

Sunil, owner of Sri Gururaghavendra Enterprises, a photo studio in the area said, “The flooding damaged printers and computer systems which has incurred me [sic] a loss of Rs. 80,000. I applied for compensation and also filed a complaint with the BBMP so that such incidents are prevented in future but they have not responded. I don’t have hopes for compensation.” 

Ananthram B S, secretary of Kormangala Residents Welfare Association, said flooding due to rains is a recurring problem in the area. He added that BBMP has not yet decided the amount for compensation but has asked the shopkeepers to fill a form and list the damages caused.

Pankaj Yadav, an Urban Planner based in Bangalore, explained, “The drainage system is required during rainy season. Cleaning of drains before monsoon is must. BBMP should have ensured the proper functioning of the drain before rains arrived.”

BBMP had taken responsibility for the flooding as it had not fully repaired the storm water drain (SWD) before monsoon arrived.

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