In Bengaluru's Bellandur Lake the dirty, foul-smelling forth is yet back again, spraying the passing motorists, after a night of heavy rains in the city. By May, the clan-up project at the city’s largest lake was expected to be completed, but government is yet to finish the process of clearing the weeds in the lake.
In February, the lake caught fire, which is been frothing for years, the 1000 acre lake is generating dense fumes that hunger over the entire area for days and trigging massive protests by locals. To undertake clean-up operations, the green court stepped in, ordering the state government. The state said such operations have been in progress, but given the immensity of the task, they would not be able to meet the May 19 deadline.
Rain of last night was the one which is worst this season as flooding homes, roads and parked cars in the low-lying areas of the city. Areas in south and south-east Bengaluru, like BTM Layout, HSR Layout, Koramangla, Old Airport Road and KR Puram have been flooded. In some cases, not just basement parking, water has entered the ground floors as well. The residents lashed out at the government for failing to clear the drains before monsoon.
"It is not only the vehicles, our entire electrical room is under water. Our generator is submerged," said David, a resident of Dollars Layout.
Over the last few years, the municipality has spent crores of rupees to de-silt the Koramangla-Challgatta valley, but still, nearby areas like Kormangala were badly hit.
"For building of storm water drains no government has been serious all these years. Our Chief Minister has given enough funds. We are building 200 km of storm water drain at a cost of Rs. 800 crore," said K J George, the Bengaluru Development Minister.
Later, a demolition drive had been conducted by the state government, claiming encroachment over storm water drains had led to the flooding.