Speaker KB Koliwad had alerted BBMP about storm water drains

Every time it rains in Bengaluru, the storm water drains are flooded. Does anyone have an answer for it?

One of the highest body of the state government, the speaker of the legislative assembly seem to have an answer for it.

Speaker KB Koliwad who is also holding charge of house committee has said that encroachments of storm water drains are the main reasons for flooding.

In fact, Koliwad claimed that he was the first person to alert civic officials three months ago that Bengaluru may see severe flooding in the coming days if SWDs were not made free from encroachments.

Speaking to media, Koliwad said, “I had warned BBMP officers of not neglecting the issue. But today it happened and people were affected with it,” he said. According to him, the BBMP which is responsible for clearing encroachments has done nothing till date.

Even BBMP and joint director, land records have not submitted the exact area of drain encroachment in Bengaluru city.

The officials of both the department who were scheduled to submit the drain encroachment report on July 24 had failed to do so and bargained for more time from the speaker.

Koliwad said: “I had reviewed the SWD situation to know the exact area which has been encroached upon and what kind of steps were being taken up by the civic authority. The meeting was attended by additional chief secretary, urban development department, BBMP commissioner and other revenue department officials and engineers who were scheduled to submit the report; but they have sought another seven days’ time.” Though a few Congress ministers are claiming that it was their government that had cleared around 150 km stretch of SWD but Koliwad has a different version of it.

Koliwad said: “I am not aware. BBMP officials have not briefed me about making SWDs encroachment free. What I know is Bengaluru has 842 kms of drain length of SWDs and flooding does occur because of encroachments.”

One of the officials who attended the meeting said that Koliwad had blasted JDLR and BBMP engineers for not submitting the report.

The revenue department officials had informed that they have completed survey of SWD but are yet to submit report, said an officer. Koliwad said: “If all the stretches of SWDs are freed from encroachment then there won’t be any flooding. The lake water flows easily into the SWDs and is taken away.”

Encroachments of SWDs lead to rise in water levels in lakes and since there are no avenues of water flowing away, there are breaches that cause floods.

Buyers should be cautious

After the flooding in Bilekahalli once again the time has come for the buyers to ensure that they are purchasing right property.

“The buyer needs to double check the title deeds and go through many steps of legal verification of the site, flat or any other property before purchasing it,” Koliwad added.

Credits Bangalore Mirror

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