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December 14, 2016



Cyclone Vardah-triggered rain in the city laid bare the lack of preparedness by civic agencies, with the overnight rain causing traffic jams, water stagnation at various junctions and uprooting of trees at 15 locations.

The meteorological department registered heavy rains of 69 mm around the HAL area, while areas like Indiranagar, Koramangala, Ejipura and Viveknagar witnessed overall rain of 60.8mm.

Despite the BMP’s claim that it had made adequate arrangements to deal with any rain-related mishap, water stagnated at various junctions, creating traffic jams.

Officials said that Mysore road witnessed heavy traffic jams as there was waterlogging at Nayandahalli flyover.

“Waterlogging was not only on the flyover but it was beneath the flyover too. As people were not aware of the road condition, they were forced to slow down their vehicles. It became difficult to move as vehicles were moving bumper to bumper,” said S Shivanna, one of the commuters.

Water also stagnated inside the vehicular underpass near Le Meridien.

Mayor G Padmavati inspected Vijayanagar, Attiguppe and Nayandahalli and instructed BWSSB and BBMP officials to clear the waterlogging.

Meanwhile, trees were uprooted at Sanjaynagar, Benson Town, JC Nagar, CMH Road, Indiranagar, Yelahanka town, Dasarahalli-Abbigere, south Vijayanagar service
road, RPC Layout, Attiguppe, Padmanabahnagar, Banashankari, VV Puram, Koramangala and Jayanagar 9th block.

According to officials, the uprooted trees were removed quickly thanks to the seven teams of forest officials, fully equipped for tree cutting, and eight Prahari teams that have been kept on alert.

The mayor and BBMP commissioner N Manjunatha Prasad have asked zonal joint commissioners and engineers to take up precautionary measures to tackle the situation and ensure that waterlogging does not take place.