The city was confronted with unexpected torrential rains late on Monday night, which continued into the wee hours of Tuesday morning. The rains caused much havoc on the streets, including heavy inundation and tree falls. The clean-up project at the city’s largest lake was expected to be completed by May, but the government is yet to finish the process of clearing the weeds in the lake.The 1000-acre lake which had been frothing for years had caught fire in February, generating dense fumes that hung over the entire area for days and triggering massive protests by locals. The green court stepped in, ordering the state government to undertake clean-up operations. The state said such operations have been in progress, but given the immensity of the task, they would not be able to meet the May 19 deadline.The situation in the city on the I-Day morning reminded many of the flash floods the city saw in July 2016. Several areas including Koramangala, HSR Layout, Shantinagar, Wilson Garden, K R Puram, Anugraha Layout, Ulsoor, Vivek Nagar, Murugesh Palya on Old Airport Road and Gurappana Palya on Bannerghatta Road, have been inundated with almost knee-level water on the streets leaving residents stranded in their homes.Over the last few years, the municipality has spent crores of rupees to de-silt the Koramangla-Challgatta valley, but still, nearby areas like Koramangala were badly hit. A minister defended the government saying it had started the work on storm water drain and only a few areas were affected. “All these years, no government has been serious about the building of storm water drains. Our Chief Minister has given enough funds.We are building 200 km of storm water drain at a cost of Rs. 800 crore. But the problem is, it is not easy work,” said K J George, the Bengaluru Development Minister. Last year, unprecedented scenes of people fishing on the waterlogged streets were seen in July as several lakes in the city had overflown.Later, the state government had conducted a demolition drive, claiming encroachment over storm water drains had led to the flooding. The drive was abruptly stopped after properties of politicians and actors were identified as encroachments. But even in areas cleared of encroachment, there has been no initiative to reconstruct storm water drains since.
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