The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has altered the course of the proposed Storm Water Drain (SWD) in East Bangalore. The change has brought much-needed respite to the property owners in Pulakeshinagar, HBR Layout and the neighbouring areas where properties were identified as SWD encroachments, and were to be demolished as per the earlier planned route.
As per the T M Vijay Bhaskar, Chief Secretary, BBMP, “The SWD path has been realigned in HBR Layout, East zone of Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) and the allotted sites of Rajakaluves. Therefore, according to the new route, the sites allotted to BDA cannot be considered as encroachments and nearly 124 properties have been excluded from the razing process.”
By far, BBMP has marked 2,515 encroached structures of which 714 have been demolished, and the remaining 1,801 would be bulldozed soon. Since Bangalore has a history of floods during heavy rains, authorities are planning well-in-advance. Also, measures are being taken to avoid water-borne diseases, traffic issues and power cuts across the city.
BBMP had already allocated Rs 20-30 lakh to each ward in the city for desilting SWDs. However, their ill-execution had severely impacted the city’s residents during monsoons and thus, called for revised strategies and effective implementation.