It is raining woes in many parts of the city. Couple of people have died, trees were uprooted, traffic snarls peaked, power outages were rampant...and all these will continue for some more time, but citizens are caught unaware.
Heavy showers have left many parts of the city waterlogged - HBR Layout, Vijayanagar, Jayanagar, Padmanabhanagar, J.P. Nagar 2nd Phase, HAL 2nd Stage, C.V. Raman Nagar, Nagawara, Austin Town, Ulsoor, Rajajinagar, Bilekahalli, Palace Guttahalli, Prakashnagar, Magadi Road, Akkipete, Sudhamanagar, Vivekanagar, Chamarajpet, Shivajinagar to name a few.
City Express explored one area which was inundated - Ramaiah Layout near Palace Guttahalli.
Talking on behalf of the people was Sreesh R Babu, a consultant. He said, "Around ten houses were affected with knee-deep water in the area as water gushed into people's homes within 20 minutes of the rain. We had experienced a similar incident three years back, and it has come to haunt us back again."
Sreesh feels that the drainage lines are unable to live up to the task and with lot of cars parked in the area there is a lot of hindrance for free flow of water. "My only worry was whether we are getting the sewage water or rain water into our houses," he said.
According to Sreesh, the BBMP, which has a long list of numbers as helplines, did not bother to revert to them till now.
"We called all the numbers and they even took our complaint but did not get on to the job, which is not acceptable. They are right now bothered only about the main roads but are least bothered to check on the inner roads where the problems occurs," he said and added, "I also told my son not to venture in the area and to stay back at his work place in Bannerghatta. I was worried about the manholes which would have opened up because of the rain and we don't realise it."
Sreesh plans to meet the commission on behalf of the people. "We hear that BBMP is prepared for the monsoons but cannot manage the initial complaints. We, as a group from here will be meeting the new Commissioner to give us a permanent solution. The BBMP is only reaching people if there is a death. I wish they act earlier to save lives," he added.