5 events that rocked Bengaluru in 2016
- National Green Tribular has issued an interim stay on construction of steel flyover.
- The authority demolished 141 houses built on 29 acres of drains for storm water.
- The froth of Bellandur lake is a wake-up call for the government to take action against pollution.
2016 is one of those years that will be specifically mentioned for various reasons. From Syrian crisis to the US elections to demonetisation in India, we have seen it all and survived to tell tales.
As a city, Bengaluru also had its fair share of troubles that not only kept the residents of this city busy but also created a buzz in national media.
Here are the issues that rocked the IT capital of India in 2016:
1. The saga of steel flyover:
The 6.72 km long, 6-lane steel flyover to connect Basaveshwara Circle and Hebbal to the international airport remained one of the hot topics of conversation for Bengalureans.
The Beda vs Beku debate, the PIL against its construction, BDA's stand and subsequent interim stay by the National Green Tribunal made the proposed steel bridge one of the major issues for the city.
2. Bengaluru floods:
In the month the July, the city witnessed unprecedented rain that led to foods as storm water could not find the way out due to the illegal encroachment of storm water drains.
Yelahanka, Bommanahalli, and Mahadevapura saw the worst of the floods, whereas fisherwomen were seen caught fished at the main road of BTM layout that got flooded due to overflow of Madivala Lake.
3. Demolition drive:
The flood was caused due to the illegal encroachment of the drains and this led to massive demolition drive. BBMP initiated the drive in early August and within overnight many found themselves homeless.
As per reports, the authority demolished 141 houses built on 29 acres of drains for storm water. The chief minister Siddaramaiah has also ordered the authorities to clear all encroachments in Bengaluru before February next year.
4. Fire over Cauvery water:
The buzzing city came to a standstill due to Cauvery water issue in which protesters demanded the state to release water to Tamil Nadu. School, colleges and corporate offices were shut down, and as many as 122 vehicles were burned down.
The protest invited police intervention after which the situation came under control.
5. Bellandur lake fire:
The Bellandur lake that caught fire in mid-2015 again caught fire after the floods and the subsequent demolition drive. Froth is formed on this lake due to pollution and discharge of toxins that burst into flames indicating that the city pollution requires immediate action.
Residents of nearby Yemalur fears for their lives and for the city the condition of this lake is a wake-up call.