A week ago, when heavy rain fell on the silicon capital Bengaluru, the Gopalan International School in the Mahadevapura region was flooded. Today, an excavator was working its way through the school cricket field.
Bengaluru’s civil service has identified around 700 storm drain breaches across the city and officers on the ground are ensuring the trespasses are cleared up soon.
Asked if this momentum will continue and if this is not just another eyewash, Mr. Srinivas, assistant executive engineer at Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike, said, “No one will be spared, rich or not. poor people. due to encroachment on storm drains. About 7.5 meters of sewers are located under this playground. And this has not gone unnoticed by BBMP officials.”
Gopalan International School was built back in 2010, but the school has denied the allegation of encroachment on the land.
“We are not encroaching. But only part of the ground is above the storm drain. We are coordinating with the police and civil authorities. The school reported the flood last week and this time the intensity of the rain was heavy and degree, said Sunil Kalevar, governance group leader, Gopalan Foundation.
About 100m from the wall of this school is the Mahaveer apartment building, part of the apartment has been built on a storm drain.
NDTV spoke privately with the residents of the apartment complex that it is likely the building will be razed in the coming days. Residents blamed the relationship between the government and the builders and demanded to know what their fault was.
“If there is no connection between the government, the officials and the builders, how can the apartment be built on the storm drain? We will move the court. We will get the order. stay,” Colonel Krishnan, a resident, told NDTV.
HS Singh, a retired deputy tax commissioner and another resident worried about his flat being razed, said, “All my savings have gone into this apartment. was told that my apartment is on a storm drain. We have received our documents” Check through initial attorney before purchasing the apartment. What is our fault? Let the government arrange alternative accommodation for us. “
While residents question the relationship between the government and the builders, they also hope that the exercise is more than just another eye-wash measure.