CM Siddaramaiah promises to fix SWD 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.
BJP state president Yeddyurappa, who visited rainaffected areas on Saturday, had squarely blamed Siddaramaiah for the deaths.
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.