October 30, 2005

Downpour in city inflicts Rs 300.85-cr damage


Bangalore: The torrential rain that lashed Bangalore over the week has amounted to damages worth Rs 300.85 crore. And this is only within the BCC limits.
   The cumulative figure is an estimate of damage done to property, life (in terms of compensa- tion) health-related issues. Giving out a comprehensive details at the BCC council meeting on Saturday, commissioner K Jothiramalingam said that a memorandum inclusive of all reports would be submitted to the state government, as per the dictum of CM Dharam Singh. This memo would in turn be submitted to PM Manmohan Singh on Monday.
   Of the Rs 300.85 crore, the east zone has had damages amounting to Rs 100 crore, west, Rs 92 crore and south zone Rs 94.36 crore, as also Rs 8 crore for public health. The week’s rain has ensured that a total of 3,329 persons were distributed cheques as they were affected by either losing houses or had been displaced. The cheque amount alone stands at Rs 62.66 lakh. 
The BCC would also be taking up remodelling of storm water drains and valleys in the CMC areas, as per government orders. “Because of the intensive desilting work taken up since April on Koramangala and Challaghatta valley, areas in the BCC have not been as acutely affected as they would have been otherwise’’ said Jothiramalingam.
Losses elsewhere: The heavy rain that lashed the state recently will bring down the targetted food crop production as 20,764 hectares of paddy, sugarcane and ragi cultivated land have been inundated. Cultivated lands have been affected more in Mysore, Mandya, Chamarajnagar, Haveri, Raichur, Kolar, Bangalore urban and rural districts.


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