Thursday, July 17, 2008

No water till Sunday in 60 areas of city

No water till Sunday in 60 areas of city-Bangalore-Cities-The Times of India
When the BWSSB switched off the major water supply line on Wednesday morning, the taps in around 60 areas went dry. If you have stored some water, then you can breathe easy, for, you will have no water supply till Sunday. The BWSSB has taken up re-alignment work on the major water supply line of Cauvery IV stage line, supplying water from the head works at T K Halli to various parts of the city.

Following the court’s directive, the supply line which cuts across the BMIC road alignment at Channasandra on Uttarahalli-Kengeri road is being shifted as per the approved corridor alignment. The alignment row has been in court for some time and the court had ordered the water board to re-align its supply line. This will require linking of the new lines to the existing ones. Hence, water pumps will be switched off from Wednesday to Saturday.

With the supply line being shut, the city will receive 370 MLD less water as against the normal pumping of 870 MLD.

The BWSSB had earlier sent out intimation letters to the bulk users such as BIA, BEL and industries about the disruption in the water supply. BWSSB officials say it’s not possible to supply 370 MLD water through tankers. Work is going on day and night and authorities hope to complete it well before the deadline.

When it rains, it pours woes

BANGALORE: While the state is on the verge of a drought, Thayamma and other residents of Sampangiramanagar had to contend with a deluge on Tuesday night. The heavy rain that lashed the city could not have been worse for them.

The rain caused sewage lines near houses to clog. The excess water flooded houses in the colony. Though BBMP and BWSSB authorities are clearing the sewage lines, for Thayamma and her neighbours, life has come to a standstill.

They blocked the SR Nagar Main Road on Wednesday morning for the authorities to come and remove the excess water that flooded their homes. Thayamma said: "As the rain continued, the water level increased in front of our house.
By 2 am, it entered the houses and drowned all our belongings. We could not do much to reduce the water level."

They took to streets early in the morning, blocking the traffic on the main road and relented only after authorities arrived at the location around 9 am and assured them of immediate corrective measures.

R Narayanaswamy, another resident whose house was submerged, said the flooding was due to blockage of a sewage point in their locality. By noon, all excess water was removed from the colony but work was still going on to clear the sewage line.

The rain that the city recorded from 8.30 am on Tuesday to 8.30 am on Wednesday — 62.8 mm — affected traffic movement too. Several roads were waterlogged and traffic policemen had a hard time. Bannerghatta Road, Hosur Road and other arterial roads in the city witnessed slow moving traffic. Tilak Nagar cross on Bannerghatta Road, Lavelle Road, Vittal Malya Road and MG Statue area were flooded with water seeping out of manholes, throwing traffic out of gear.

Trees were uprooted at Ashoka Pillar, Maharani's College, BTM Layout, KG Halli, Chamarajpet Royan Circle, Basavanagudi MD Block, Mysore Bank Circle, Coffee Board and Tilak Nagar. The BBMP control room received many complaints from residents about drainage and sewage lines being blocked.

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