CM Siddaramaiah promises to fix SWD network

Oct 16, 2017

 MYSURU: Facing flak over rain-related deaths, the Karnataka government proposes to develop Bengaluru’s 850 km storm water drain (raja kaluve) network.
Chief minister Siddaramaiahtold reporters in Mysuru on Sunday that storm water drains in Bengaluru were unable to bear the load of heavy rain lashing the city over the past two months, and blamed the previous government of its failure to fix the storm water drain network.

He said he had already sanctioned Rs 800crore for the development of 350km of SWD network, where the problem is acute, to prevent rain-related mishaps. Development of the remaining 500km of drain network will be taken up next year, he said, adding that all encroachments, illegal buildings and silt will be removed in the process.

 Accusing the opposition of playing politics with the rain and deaths, he said the previous governments led by B S Yeddyurappa, Sadananda Gowda and Jagadish Shettar didn’t give importance to the development of raja kaluve or to clear encroachments on drains, nor did they increase their capacity by removing silt and building retaining walls, leading to the problems dogging the city today.

BJP state president Yeddyurappa, who visited rainaffected areas on Saturday, had squarely blamed Siddaramaiah for the deaths.

The CM said he has been living in Bengaluru since 1983, and has never seen such heavy rain. “During the past 60 days, it has rained on 46 days. It was not ordinary rain, on most days, it rained heavily. Drains in Bengaluru do not have the capacity to withstand so much rain at a stretch,” he added.

He said he had asked officials to release compensation to the family of the mother and daughter who were washed away in a drain, and also to the kin of a priest whose body was recovered from a drain on Saturday.

Source: Times of India