The flooded inhabitants Rainbow Drive The gated community near Kasavanahalli, however, said it was their tried and true practice whenever rain wreaked havoc on their locality. With adjacent Lake Halanayakanahalli overflowing and sending water gushing through the locality, residents spent 36 hours in knee-deep water until Thursday morning. The recurring rain-triggered flooding is getting worse every year, they said, and it’s the fifth flooding the 25-year-old upscale development has witnessed in six years.
Residents held a dharna on Thursday Sarjapur main road requesting Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) to resolve the issue and carry out relief works immediately. They expressed their anger against the municipal authorities and the deputy Aravind Limbavaliwho they said hadn’t bothered to show up when they needed to.
According to locals, Limbavali in May promised at a meeting to implement a permanent solution to the floods. Residents claimed it was never seen again after that, even when the route witnessed flooding of the worst kind.
Local resident Vijayalakshmi said, “Every time it rains here even for half an hour, the network is flooded and what is more worrying is that BBMP has not been able to find a solution even after six years”.
As no vehicle was able to cross the waist-deep muddy water, the children were placed on tractors and transported to the main road where school buses awaited them. Parents said they were afraid to walk their children given the threat of snakes. Besides lake water, storm sewers also contributed to the flood in the development. The lake had not been de-sanded for many years and the dumping of debris into it reduced its water-holding capacity, triggering the natural disaster.
Water enters their low-lying area from villages and settlements to the east, west, and south. Residents said the current situation was the worst they had seen in the past six years. At least 35 of the 330 houses are flooded.
“As the homes and buildings in our neighborhood rose on high ground, our landscaping naturally became a low-lying area. The situation worsened this time as a compound wall where water had collected broken in a village on the east side,” said Malathi Purushotham, a resident. Pavani, another resident, said the houses in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd crosses are flooded and people cannot use their toilets seeing the reverse flow of water from the underground drains. The stench is unbearable and the sewage has mixed with drinking water and the sumps are filled with untreated water. Many are struggling to get food and are now traveling on tractors to visit hotels.
Purushotham said there was no storm water drainage in Janasandra, located to the southwest. Without drains, there is no place for water. All of the water flowing from this area ends up in Rainbow Drive, further increasing the inflow. KV Trilok Chandra, Special Commissioner of BBMP (Mahadevapura), said the flooding was due to the encroachment of storm sewers. Many properties are built on rajakaluves and the Palike has now marked these properties to clear them. He said that after the legal procedures in force, all encroachments will be eliminated. Limbavali’s personal assistant told TOI he would check with the MP what his schedule was on Thursday and why he was unable to attend.