This city is falling apart, but where are the BBMP officials?

First Published 27, Sep 2017, 11:00 AM IST
heavy rain lash Bengaluru maroon many areas
  • City received 55.8 mm rainfall up to 8.30 am on Wednesday
  • Houses marooned, streets water-clogged and many buildings collapsed were the common scenes throughout the city
  • CM had recently asked the officials to demolish buildings that are blocking the drain. But the BBMP officials are taking their own time to act

It was the worst reminder of August 15 to most Bengalureans. The incessant rains throughout the Tuesday night and Wednesday morning have left many Bengalureans literally under house arrest. In low-lying areas, people were seen clearing rainwater that had entered their houses. Roads were inundated and drains were overflowing at many parts of the city, leaving many Bengalureans stranded. This is the fifth time that Bengaluru is receiving heavy rain in the last two months.

The City received 55.8 mm rainfall up to 8.30 am on Wednesday, reports Deccan Herald. Besides, the airport observatory also witnessed 6 mm of rains, reports the  Traffic was thrown out of gear in Rajajinagar, near Koramangala passport office, Forum Mall, Hebbal and other areas as the roads are completely water-clogged.  The City will continue to receive intense rains for another day or two, reports Skymetweather.


HSR Layout and Koramangala considered as upscale layout were the worst hit. Pictures of flooded houses, roads and vehicles floating in the slush are splashing all over the twitter. The passport office in the Koramangala has turned into an island. A drain that was recently repaired near the office is flooding, and the garbage piled up near the office has worsened it all the more. Not just Koramangala, the situation was similar in Rajarajeshwari Nagar, CV Raman Nagar, Ijipura and Goodshed road. The Shantinagar depot has been inundated.



At HSR Layout, a popular eatery was literally under water. Vehicle users had to literally push their vehicle in the road filled with water. At Adugodi, the police quarters compound has been collapsed. The rainwater mixed with mud and debris of the compound has entered the nearby houses, and the residents were seen cursing the Bengaluru in-charge minister KJ George. At HMT Layout, people spent a sleepless night on Tuesday to clear water that had entered many houses.

Recently, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah went on a city round to assess the damage caused by the rains that lashed the city. His instruction to officials to draw up a Master Plan to prevent the city from turning an island seems to have fallen on deaf ears leaving Bengalureans cursing their fate.