Residents of Rainbow Drive Layout at Sarjapur in Bengaluru, which has greater than 35 homes, have written to Mahadevapura MLA Arvind Limbavali apprising him of the fixed flooding of their space throughout rains. In an open letter, the MLA was alerted of the flooding on May 5 which reportedly left the residents stranded for greater than 20 hours.
“This is to bring to your urgent notice about the plight of 1000+ people living in fear of rain, flooding, power outages and cut-off from emergency help and at Rainbow Drive Layout, Sarjapur Main Road. We had major flooding during pre-monsoon rain on 5th May 2022 and citizens were stranded for over 20 hours without any access to medical help or cut off from the outside world, with elderly people suffering the most,” the letter dated May 10 learn.
Listing out the problems, the residents wrote that the fireplace brigade needed to pump out water for greater than 12 hours after the rain stopped on May 5. “This gives an indication that water is coming into our residences from outside. Rainbow Drive entrance is at a low-lying area and hence the Sarjapur main road stormwater drainage must be lowered and/or an additional outlet should be provided on an urgent basis. Urgent pathway construction (is) needed for the entry and exit for residents in order to access medical help. There are many straightforward alternative outlets which can be provided along the way to nearby stormwater drainage along roads,” the letter stated and added that the blending of rainwater with sewage and untreated water can result in illnesses like dengue and malaria.
The residents advised the MLA that they’d already written to Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB), panchayat and Karnataka State Pollution Control Board however to no avail.
A resident Darshana Minnoor stated: “The rainwater from surrounding villages of Junnasandra and Halanayakanahalli are being diverted into the RBD layout from which it exits to the stormwater drain (SWD) on the Sarjapur Road. Due to level differences between our drain and the SWD on Sarjapur Road, the egress is extremely slow and water stagnates for hours and most of the time overnight, causing flooding and water entering into houses at the entrance. Ideally, the drains along Junnasandra Road should be carrying the rainwater directly to Sarjapur Road SWD.”
BBMP chief commissioner Tushar Guru Nath on Tuesday instructed the officers to desilt the drains and be sure that the retailers connecting to the roads ought to be unclogged in order that the water doesn’t keep stagnated on the streets.