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    Fixing the fault in our roads

    Bangalore Mirror Bureau / Updated: Sep 21, 2022, 06:00 IST

    Palike installing metal grates on roads in various neghbourhoods
    By Melvin Mathew

    After the recent floods battered Bengaluru and damaged most roads, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) said that it would make the city pothole-free by January 31.

    Since June, the civic body has been in the process of filling potholes and until now, BBMP has filled more than 2,000 potholes and identified 211 potholes on arterial roads. Officials say that major roads haven’t been affected much as these holes have been getting filled from time to time.

    According to BBMP data, 4,545 potholes were identified by the traffic police in June and potholes were filled in July. Later, another 4,000 potholes were identified and 2,000 potholes were filled.

    BBMP Chief Engineer (Roads and Infrastructure), BS Prahalad said, “Most of the potholes involve wearing-out of roads and we will be asphalting those roads as well. “

    He added that work was being ward-wise. “We have increased the number of contractors. There will be a separate contractor for filling potholes for Dasarahalli and Rajarajeshwari Nagar, South zone and Bommanahalli, Mahadevapura, and West Zone. Simultaneously all the contractors will operate and expedite the process of filling potholes at the earliest,” he added.

    “Under Amrutha Nagarothana scheme, BBMP has been given a target of completing all road work by January 31 and ward roads by March 31. It’s also in the process of getting approved at the highest level. Citizens can witness all new roads in Bengaluru by March 31,” added Prahalad.

    BBMP has also been conducting a survey to identify the exact number of potholes in the city. While initially only BBMP was involved in conducting the survey, the civic body is now working with Bengaluru Traffic Police for the pothole survey. “We have shared the Fix My Street app with the traffic police. They have been able to identify 1,500 potholes as of now, he added.

    BBMP will install grates on roads. “To combat waterlogging, we will install metal grates on roads. The grates will unclog roads immediately and flow into drains. The process will clear any waterlogging faster than the shoulder drains,” he added. High Court nudge to BBMP: Clear encroachments from drains

    On Monday, the High Court instructed the civic body to fill potholes within 10 days.

    In addition, a few citizen groups like Pothole Raja -- focused on making roads pothole-free -- have also been working towards filling potholes.

    “Normally, we see 10-15 potholes per km during the non-monsoon season and it increased to 20-25 per km during monsoon season. As of now, we have filled 200-plus potholes in Koramangala, Sarjapur Road, Peenya Industrial Road and Mysore Road after recent rains,” said Pothole Raja CEO, Dr Prathap B. “Approximately, it costs Rs 2,500 per sq metre for a 50-mm road.”









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      What rain brought to the groundwater table

      ByGarima Prasher / Updated: Sep 22, 2022, 06:00 IST

      Abundant rainfall this season has helped groundwater table to be replenished; it is now available at less than 10 metre below ground in around 165 taluks in Karnataka

      After reservoirs, it is now the groundwater table that has shown remarkable improvement, all thanks to the abundant rain this monsoon. According to data shared by the Ground Water Directorate Bangalore, the average groundwater level across most parts of the city has gone up by over four metre in August this year compared to the last year.

      The groundwater table is now at 10-20 metre below ground level in Yelahanka, central Bengaluru and Bengaluru south; at 20-30 metre below ground level in Anekal, Devanahalli, Nelamangala and Doddaballapura areas; at 30-40 metre below ground level in Bengaluru east and Hoskote; and at 40-48 metre below ground level in Magadi.

      When it comes to the decadal mean, most parts of the city have recorded a rise in water levels by two to four metre, except the Bengaluru east region. The area has recorded a drop of around four metre in the water table.

      Experts say this improvement in the groundwater level can be attributed to the recent heavy rainfall and low extraction.

      “We have experienced good rain over the last couple of months. This is the biggest factor contributing to the increase in water levels and recharge potential. However, it is not just the rainfall but also the rivers that are flowing in. Flood plains of the rivers are normally good repositories of groundwater and offer excellent scope for the development of groundwater,” said Dr BC Nagaraja, professor and head, Department of Environment Science, Bangalore University. We have river basins with west-flowing rivers that are clubbed with good rainfall that has resulted in improvement in the water table., she said. She also added that extraction level has also come down due to ample water availability

      Surge across Karnataka too
      When it comes to groundwater fluctuation across the state, a remarkable improvement has been observed, especially in southern districts. As many as 110 taluks in Karnataka have recorded an increase in the groundwater level by over four meters compared to August last year. The majority of these taluks are from the Southern part of Karnataka.

      The groundwater is now available at less than 10 metre below ground level in as many as 165 taluks in the state.

      However, around 50 taluks have recorded a drop in the groundwater table of varying degrees. The majority of these taluks are from northern to central parts of Karnataka.

      A good monsoon such as this one happens only once in a while. We still need to catch the rain and keep recharging our groundwater table

      – Dr BC Nagaraja, professor & Head, Department of Environment Science, Bangalore University
      While the groundwater table has improved, experts warn against complacency. Environmentalists say the adoption of nature-based solutions to recharge groundwater tables is the need of the hour. They say rainwater harvesting, desilting of lakes and catchment management are some of the ways to recharge the water table and these measures should be part of a continuous effort.

      “Although recharge and percolation potential has improved owing to above average monsoon this year, we should not let our guards down. Rainwater harvesting should not be forgotten.

      “A good monsoon such as this one happens only once in a while. We still need to catch the rain and keep recharging our groundwater table,” said Nagaraja.










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        BDA, BBMP buildings on SWD will also be demolished: Karnataka revenue minister

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        The revenue minister and CM both added that the BDA properties, which are going to be constructed in the future, will also be taken into account for not encroaching on SWDs.


        BENGALURU: Karnataka revenue minister R Ashoka and chief minister Basavaraj Bommai on Thursday informed the legislative council that the state government will take up 365 days of demolition drive in Bengaluru to free up the encroached storm water drains (SWD) which led to serious flooding in the city earlier this month.

        The government went on to add that it will not spare even its own buildings that may have cropped up on the SWDs.

        Responding to a debate on flooding in Bengaluru and other parts of the state, Ashoka said: “The state government has decided to take up merciless demolition drives throughout the year. Instructions have been given to the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) to carry out demolitions 365 days a year. This includes even our own Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) and BBMP properties.”

        Ashoka even quoted the example of a BBMP property on J C Road which has been constructed on a SWD.

        “This building has been constructed atop the SWD and successive governments have been ignoring it. This time we will initiate action,” he said.

        The revenue minister and CM both added that the BDA properties, which are going to be constructed in the future, will also be taken into account for not encroaching on SWDs.

        Earlier, responding to questions raised by opposition leader in the council BK Hariprasad, Bommai said the government was already in the process of building fresh SWDs in the newer areas and said that responsibilities have been fixed on the civic agencies to take up cleaning of the drains on a periodic basis.

        “While the primary drains will be tackled by the BWSSB, the secondary and tertiary drains will be handled by the BBMP. This responsibility has been fixed, along with a separate task force to be formed for the purpose of tackling the entire SWD connectivity with the river fronts,” said Bommai.

        He said the government has decided to prepare a detailed plan to ensure that there is a seamless connectivity for the natural flow of the water.
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          Home buyers, RWAs in dilemma over repairs

          Bangalore Mirror Bureau / Updated: Sep 22, 2022, 06:00 IST

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          By Melvin Mathew

          Apartment buyers across Bengaluru are looking at crores of rupees in repairs thanks to the recent floods that wrecked the city. However, real estate experts feel that due to ambiguity in the property laws, and a lack of awareness about property laws is forcing buyers to pay for maintenance even though the ownership of the common areas lies with the builder as the apartment associations are not legally registered and the land is not conveyed to the association.

          A veteran commander, Surendra, explained, “Under the Karnataka Ownership Flats Act 1972 and the Karnataka Apartment Ownership Act 1972, an apartment owner gets to own the individual apartment and co-owns the entire land along with the other owners held by the association of owners.

          Currently, in most cases, the ownership of land has not been conveyed to such an association. In a scenario involving an act of God, there exists an ambiguity on the onus of repairing the common areas and facilities. This is forcing apartment owners to bear the huge burden of unexpected expenditure on repair as the RWAs do not have a maintenance fund set aside for such eventuality. Most of the RWAs are not legally registered, hence do not fall under any legal framework.”

          Experts noted that for the past 40 years at least, the conveyance deed is not being issued.

          Without the issue of the conveyance deed, the land is not conveyed to the association. “Today, in case of demolition, there are no land rights protecting home buyers. When you execute a sales deed, it’s mandated to convey the undivided share in registration. But currently, the sales deed does not carry any undivided share of interest and title share. As per the RERA process, the entire project of land should be conveyed to the association of homeowners,” said Dhananjaya Padmanabhachar, Sanchalak, Karnataka Home Buyers Forum.

          Ideally, the onus of repairing the property lies on the builder for up to five years. “Builders issue partial Occupancy Certificates (OC) and push the burden of maintenance of the property to home buyers. Without the project getting completed, home buyers start paying maintenance.”

          A legally registered RWA can sue the builder and government body in court and raise complaints in forums on behalf of the residents.

          Ameya, a home buyer, said, “We got OC in 2010-2011 and the builder has completed the sale deed. But, the title of the land lies with the builder. In case of property damage, it becomes difficult to submit documents for repairs to the municipality. We are trying to get the association registered under the Karnataka Cooperative Societies Act—rendering us into a legal body—and convey the title of the land to the association.”










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            Shops built on drains while parking lots sink

            ByY Maheswara Reddy / Updated: Sep 23, 2022, 06:00 IST

            Locals say that despite complaints to the BBMP, the latter did not remove silt that had been accumulated in the drains
            ‘Drain diversions’ have become a nightmare for some locals in Kasavanahalli

            City dwellers are suffering due to Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike’s (BBMP) failure to prevent construction of commercial shops on roadside drains. Some people flagged the issue more than four years ago, but the BBMP authorities did nothing to stop the same.

            The recent heavy rain has caused waterlogging and flooding of homes in many areas in the city. Residents of Owners Court in Kasavanahalli suffered when their parking area was full of water, making it difficult for them to take their vehicles out.

            “We are facing problems whenever it rains heavily. Waterlogging happens at the parking lot. We have already complained to the BBMP authorities, but they did nothing to clear the silt in the drain on which a few commercial shops are constructed,’’ said Sai Ram, a resident of the area.

            The Owners Court Housing Colony Members’ Association flagged the issue on December 4, 2017 during the ward committee meeting. It was brought to the notice of the nodal officer that the building had been constructed illegally on the space earmarked for a 80-feet road according to the comprehensive development plan (CDP), but the authorities failed to stop the construction.

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            “We have complained to the authorities, but in vain. We expected the nodal officer to direct the BBMP engineer to stop the work. However, nothing has been done all these years. Now, the construction of the shops is complete and they are situated on the drain. I believe that the drain has been diverted to the other side to facilitate the construction work. Due to the diversion, rainwater is not flowing to the nearest secondary drain, causing waterlogging at our parking lot,’’ said Hema Kumar, another resident.

            Vishnu, also a resident, was of the opinion that the BBMP authorities have to keep tertiary and secondary drains clean to ensure smooth flow of rainwater to the primary drains during monsoons.

            Due to the diversion, rainwater is not flowing to the nearest secondary drain, causing waterlogging at our parking lot ­

            –Hema kumar, resident

            Meanwhile, BBMP executive engineer (major roads) said that they are yet to acquire the land or property for widening the road.

            “I will visit the spot to check whether the commercial shops are constructed on the drain. I got transferred here recently and was not aware of residents bringing this issue up during the ward committee meeting,” he said.









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              Warning: Fish are jumping

              Bangalore Mirror Bureau / Updated: Sep 23, 2022, 06:00 IST

              Shoals of fish in the Chunchaghatta Lake come up to the surface, gasping for air
              By Shreyashi Mukherjee

              While Chunchaghatta Lake is doing better than it was in July, fish are still seen gasping for air


              Fish in Chunchaghatta Lake were seen gasping for air. Experts said that the lake has a history of sewage inflow. Until July, the lake’s water fell under the class ‘E’ category, which meant that the water could only be used for irrigation and industrial purposes.

              According to a report by the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB), dissolved oxygen, which is the essence of all living beings underwater, had lowered in the month of July. While the ideal level for dissolved oxygen should be at least 4 mg/l, it was less than that. The biochemical oxygen demand, which should not be more than 3 mg/l, was found to be 50 mg/L. Additionally, the total coliform, which should not be more than 5,000, was found to be 2,40,00,000.

              Raghavendra B Pachhapur, working with ActionAid India, explained that the dissolved oxygen was less because of all the sewage entering the water through the stormwater drain. “The sewage entering can also contain chemicals. The biochemical oxygen demand increased because there is more organic pollution in the water.

              When it enters the water, it will get decomposed, for which the bacteria will need oxygen. Hence, the biochemical oxygen demand increases,” he said.

              The recent report by KSPCB mentions that the condition of the lake improved a little in August. The dissolved oxygen level increased to 4.9 mg/l, biochemical oxygen demand reduced to 4.0, and the total coliform reduced to 9,200. The lake now falls under the class ‘D’ category, which means that the water can be used for propagation of wildlife and fisheries.

              However, the dissolved oxygen is still low, which is why fish are still being spotted gasping for air.

              Pachhapur also mentioned that the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) authorities had removed all plantations on the island present in the middle of the lake in the name of cleaning the place. “Clearing all the vegetation from the island of Chunchaghatta was a blunder as it is an ecological setback. BBMP should immediately plant tree saplings in consultation with the Forest Department. They should also access water quality reports from KSPCB and use it to strengthen water quality monitoring”, he said.

              Hemanth S, a resident of the area, said that the lake has been receiving sewage for quite a long time now. “There should be some action taken to improve the condition of the lake. Fish are gasping for air, and if nothing is done soon, there will be another fish kill incident.”

              A BBMP official said that they would look into the matter.









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              • Re : Latest RE News : Bangalore & other major Cities of Karnataka

                About 7,700 homes flooded, Bengaluru civic body puts overall loss at Rs 340 crore

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                No less than 7,700 houses were inundated and 170 houses partially damaged during the recent floods that wreaked havoc in Bengaluru’s tech corridor, according to data provided by Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike.


                BENGALURU: No less than 7,700 houses were inundated and 170 houses partially damaged during the recent floods that wreaked havoc in Bengaluru’s tech corridor, according to data provided by Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike.

                BBMP has been disbursing compensation to flood victims, whose homes were battered in the September first week’s rain. So far Rs 14 crore has been given to the citizens. The total ompensation is estimated at Rs 18. 4 crore, including relief to the kin of the deceased.

                The palike has estimated that nearly 397km was damaged in rain recently, causing a loss of Rs 337 crore. Footpaths measuring up to 3km were damaged and the loss is pegged at Rs 4 crore.

                Localities in Mahadevapura were the worst hit, where over 3,000 houses were inundated, 21 partially damaged and 165km of road in need of repair.

                This was followed by east and south zones where 1,141 and 1,048 houses, respectively, were flooded. Dasarahalli was the least affected with water entering 261 homes.
                A BBMP official said Palike is also “actively working” to repair roads. The state government has sought Rs 500 crore from the Union government to fix the problems arising out of the rain. In September, Bengaluru received record rainfall, one of the reasons for the flooding.

                BBMP fixing 11 damaged govt buildings

                Two persons were killed and one was injured in the rain havoc. Both deaths occurred in Mahadevapura zone and the injured resides in Bommanahalli zone. The urban local body has given Rs 5 lakh each to the deceased and Rs 2 lakh to the injured.

                BBMP data showed that a total of 11 government buildings, including school and college structures, were damaged, causing an estimated loss of Rs 65 lakh. The Palike is repairin g these structures. BBMP chief commissioner Tushar Giri Nath said most victims have been compensated and the others will soon receive the aid.
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