BANGALORE: Situated between the Kundalahalli Telephone Exchange and the Brookefield Branch of the Indian Overseas Bank, a cross road had been flooded with litres of dirty, smelling water for almost a weak. However, quick action by the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has put many distressed minds to rest.
According to Dayanand, assistant executive engineer, the problem arose due to the inability of the existent drain to cope with the current load. “The drain was a very old one. Over time it got blocked with all the silt and waste. The drain was overflowing at the corner due to this reason,” he explained. The Palike got their act together within days of the over flow and got to work early this weak.
The men had to remove the covering slab from the drain to desilt it. “The road was built over the drain which is why we had to remove the asphalt layer to desilt the drain. We will asphalt the patch within a weak’s time,” assured the assistant engineer.
Since the road was at a gradient, the water used to automatically flowed downwards towards Ryan International School and as a result, a good 500 metres of the road was drenched in filthy water and emanated a foul odour.
“It is extremely reassuring to see the quick action by the BBMP,” said a local shopkeeper on the condition of anonymity. Due to the work that had been in progress, vehicular traffic from the school and over 400 apartments had to take a detour to hit the main road.
“Until the road was fixed, we had to spend a minimum of 40 minutes to cross a stretch that was barely two kilometres in length,” said Chandrashekhar a local resident. Speaking about the funds used to complete the work, the engineer said that no extra funds were required from any authority and that helped them accomplish the work much faster than expected.