Bengaluru: You all have seen visuals of how gigantic waves, courtesy merciless and copious rains, have doomed North Karnataka. People are literally begging officials for some succour.

Now, for some moments, forget the deluge in North Karnataka. How safe is your city of Bengaluru?

If disdainful rains decide to pay a visit to Bengaluru, take it for granted that the stormwater drains and streets will overflow as the city is too vulnerable to be protected.

Low-lying areas will be the worst-affected and thereby, the houses there too will be at the receiving end.

Now, in view of the rain tragedy in Karnataka, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has conducted a survey to identify areas that are susceptible to getting marooned.

As per the report, 182 areas across the city have a high chance of getting affected badly. The areas that are likely to be badly affected are Koramangala, Binny Mill road, Kempapura, Nandini Layout, only to name a few. 

Pralhad, chief engineer, stormwater drain division, said to a local media channel, “Bengaluru has 842 kilometres of SWD. Out of this, 440 kilometres is pucca drain system and remaining is raw drainage. Desilting in raw drains has already been taken up, making a way for water to flow into the lake. We have identified 182 vulnerable points in the heart of the city vulnerable to floods.”

The report has set the alarm bells ringing and the BBMP has pulled up its socks. Sensors are being installed in SWDs. These sensors will alert the officials in the event of the water levels reaching the danger mark.

The officials have also stationed NDRF and SDRF personnel in each zone to monitor the situation.

The BBMP is doing what it can at this point to offset effects of floods.

Let us all keep our fingers crossed.