Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Commissioner M Lakshminarayana directed officials to make preparations to face the problems caused by monsoon rains.
A BBMP press release issued here on Monday stated that the Commissioner has instructed zonal commissioners and chief engineers to prepare a list of volunteers to reach out to the people who face the wrath of the rains.
He further directed officials to undertake desilation of drains on a priority basis and clear garbage which piles up on roadsides and clog drains leading to flooding of roads and low-lying areas.
The release also stated that Lakshminarayana directed zonal commissioners to write to the BMTC, BWSSB, BESCOM, BDA and other government agencies to take precautionary measures to prevent mishaps in their jurisdiction.
‘Need to Constitute New Committee’
The Commissioner said the existing Bangalore City Disaster Management Committee (BCDMC) is not functional and the Chief Minister has directed the BBMP to constitute a new BCDMC which can address the city’s rain issues.
In this regard, he wrote to the Principal Secretary of Urban Development Department to constitute a new committee and urged him to appoint the District In-charge Minister as the chairman of the committee.
Further, the Commissioner stated that he has directed zonal commissioners to procure additional Prahari vehicles to strengthen control rooms.
He said there is a need to publicise BBMP control room numbers, for which he asked officials to prepare a list of numbers to be given to Justdial, police, BWSSB, BESCOM and BDA. He also instructed officials to clean empty sites and issue notices to their owners and collect cleaning charges from them.
He added that if officials concerned need technical or financial aid, they can approach him.