Friday, May 1, 2015

Bengaluru :: Trees uprooted, cars crushed:: Rains Unleash Fury, Fallen Bangalore Trees Greet May Day:: Trees uprooted in sudden Bengaluru rain::Rain-related complaints flood Palike control rooms

BWSSB flooded with complaints

Heavy rains on Thursday afternoon exposed the civic agencies’ unpreparedness and non-maintenance of storm water drains as well as underground drains.

The City roads were flooded making it extremely difficult not just for the motorists but also pedestrians who had to walk through small streams flowing on the roads. The Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) received over 120 calls with regard to overflowing of manholes and blocked drains mainly in Cox Town, Katriguppe, Jayanagar, Srirampura, Sahakarnagar, Kanakapura Main Road and Peenya Dasarahalli.  

J Srinivas, a resident of LIC Colony in Jayanagar 3rd Block, said manholes close to his house have been overflowing since Saturday and despite complaining, the Board officials have not addressed the problem. The afternoon rain has worsened the situation with sewage water flowing on the roads making it difficult for the commuters to even walk on the road. 

The residents of Kadirappa Road in Cox Town had to face rain fury after an already existing problem of sewage water overflowing aggravated. R Chandrashekhar, one of the residents, said rain water mixed with sewage has entered houses making it extremely difficult for the residents to live. Despite complaining to the BWSSB officials a week ago, no action has been taken.

T Venkataraju, engineer-in-chief, BWSSB said complaints addressed to the Board officials directly are attended. However the complaints registered through the call centre are delayed as they do not reach the area engineers. He said recently the Board has handed over the charge of handling the call centre to another company which is still in the process of escalating the complaints to the engineers concerned.

Rains Unleash Fury, Fallen Bangalore Trees Greet May Day

The 9.7 mm of rain with a wind speed of 69 kmph uprooted several trees on Thursday evening (April 30) with roads choked with fallen trunks of all over.
The IPL match between Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) vs Rajasthan Royals (RR) on Thursday at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium was also called off after 20 overs at 11:36 pm. Both teams will get 1 point each and this is the second game to be washed out.
But some autodrivers were quick to inform their near and dear about the spot from where they can collect wood. The house owners, who studiously guard the trees in the front, were quick to shout them off awaiting the civic body BBMP workers to come collect the fallen trunks.
The duel between wood whiskers and guarding house owners marked the May day in Bangalore on Friday.
The roads are all vivid example of the rain fury that unleashed destruction, which has become normal for vehicle owners, who have learnt the way to circumvent such hurdles to reach their office or destination.
The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) control room has so far received hundreds of complaints about uprooted trees and wires on roads, blocking traffic in many parts of the city. was flooded with complaints on Thursday as rain coupled with heavy wind knocked down several trees in many parts of the city.
The BBMP has asked all its zonal commissioners to send ‘prahari’ (emergency) vehicles to clear the uprooted trees to make a way for smooth traffic, while the BBMP forest officials will take up the task of clearing the fallen trees, said officials.
Some of the places where vivid destruction was recorded include the place near Ulsoor lake where two trees fell, one near the Thiruvalluvar statue and the other on Gurudwara Road.The roads around Ulsoor Lake were closed for a few hours.
In Wilson Garden, Shanthinagar, it took few hours until 8.30 pm to clear the roads for traffic.
With 9.7 mm rain on Thursday, the city made a record for April month rainfall at 264 mm rain. The past record was anyway much higher at 329 mm rainfall 14 years ago, said officials.

Trees uprooted in sudden Bengaluru rain
Over 20 trees were reported to have been uprooted in Ulsoor, Bengaluru.

As has become a norm over the past week, the evening rush of traffic was accompanied by sudden gusts of wind and rain that put the city out of gear.

Though the Indian Meteorological Department notes that just 5 mm of rain was recorded in the city in the evening, the accompanying wind uprooted numerous trees in the city.

Over 20 trees were reported to have been uprooted in Ulsoor, while, tree fall was reported at Brunton road, Lavalle Road, Halasuru- Gangadhara Shetty Road, Banaswadi-CMR Road, Koramangala 1st block, Sony world junction Inner ring Road, Krupanidhi College Jn-Koramangala, Makkala Kuta-Chamarajpet, Movinapura, Aravinda Circle-Jayanagara, 5th main, 35th main - Jayanagara and Banashankri bus stop.

Bengaluru, Apr 30, 2015
Heavy rains coupled with strong winds and hailstorm that lashed the City on Thursday evening uprooted at least 50 trees and brought down many branches. Normal life in the Central Business District was paralysed due to the sudden change in the weather and heavy downpour.

Several cars and other vehicles were damaged in the incidents of tree fall. With trees and branches falling on electricity poles, power supply was disrupted in several areas, mainly Shanthinagar, Wilson Garden, Koramangala and Hanumanthanagar.

The BBMP Control Room received 80 complaints about trees and their branches crashing down. In Koramangala, branches of 12 trees fell on the road. However, there was no loss to the human life. Tree branches crashed at Jayanagar, Ulsoor, Shanthinagar, Basavanagudi, Wilson Garden, Sampangiram Nagar, MG Road boulevard, Lalbagh near Jayanagar Ashoka Pillar, Jagjeevan Ram Nagar, Chamarajpet, Siddaiah Road and Balakara Mandira.

On Lavelle Road, a huge tree  crashed on a car causing severe damage to it. The owner of the car was fortunate as he was not inside. An autorickshaw was damaged after it came under a tree that crashed.

Bescom control room received 2,511 calls between 4 pm and 7 pm. The highest number of complaints (935) were from the South division. Nearly 200 electricity poles were uprooted/damaged in the City, the highest being 123 in the South division. There were not many complaints from the North division.

There was severe waterlogging at Chamarajpet and Chikpet areas where the stormwater drain have been encroached upon. Waterlogging was also reported near Urvashi cinema.  In Koramangala, the stormwater drain was flowing to the brim. In Thurahalli slum, water gushed into the houses making people run for safety. Waterlogging on MG Road near the Mayo Hall damaged some vehicles.

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Rain, squall leave a trail of destruction
The heavy rain accompanied by squall left a trail of destruction in the city on Thursday. Apart from turning roads into rivulets, the heavy rain and squally brought down several trees.
According to Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) officials, the worst affected was the south zone which saw nearly 300 trees crashing down. The trees also brought down several electricity poles and lines with them, cutting off power supply in several areas in the south zone. Since Thursday night, officials of the Department of Forests, Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (Bescom), and Fire and Emergency Services have been trying to restore normalcy.
On Friday, BBMP Administrator T.M. Vijay Bhaskar and Commissioner G. Kumar Naik inspected several areas across the city where the rain had wreaked a havoc.
Mr. Naik, who inspected J.P. Nagar, Padmanabhanagar, and Jayanagar T Block and 9th Block, directed BBMP officials to first clear the trees that have fallen on houses and main roads, and later clear the ones on the cross roads on priority..
Meanwhile, Bescom received a whopping 5,533 complaints between April 30 and May 1
Bescom Managing Director Pankaj Kumar Pandey said around 200 electricity poles were damaged on Thursday when wind speeds were as high as 70 kmph.

Rain-related complaints flood Palike control rooms

Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) control rooms have received a flurry of complaints from residents, a day after heavy rain coupled with gusty winds pounded the City.

Most of the complaints reported were related to tree fall and water logging. According to the Palike, more than 100 trees were uprooted in Mahadevapura, East, Dasarahalli and Yelahanka zones.

Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike Assistant Conservator of Forest (ACF-North),  Satyanarayana said, “The Palike workers on Friday have cleared all trees that were uprooted in East Zone during Thursday’s thunder showers. On Saturday, the workers will clear the trees uprooted in Mahadevapura, Dasarahalli and Yelahanka zones,” he added.

Residents of low-lying areas such as Anepalya, DJ Halli, Neelasandra and pockets of Shivajinagar, Nagawara among others have complained of water logging and overflowing drains. Meanwhile the residents of Chickpet and a few pockets in HBR Layout have complained that they faced hardships due to power outage. 

Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (Bescom) Managing Director, Pankaj Kumar Pandey said that Bescom personnel were working round the clock to restore power supply. He added that, but for a few areas, power has been restored in the City. 


Bangalore Electricity Supply Company has received a total of 5533 complaints in the last 24 hours (Since Thursday 4 pm).  The staff has attended 3490 complaints and 2043 complaints are pending. 

“Thursday’s rain has damaged over 200 electricity poles. Fortunately, no electricity-related accidents were reported. Charging lines without testing and certifying their safety may prove dangerous to public and to our own staff,” Pandey added. 

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