Come monsoon, the horror of the Bellandur lake overflowing or even frothing, returns to haunt the residents of Yemalur.
"Storm water drains in this Arekere area are not connected. Many property owners have given a stay order when BBMP wanted to build storm water drains. Now the ones who gave the stay order are bearing the brunt," said Manjunath.
"We have brought the machines and connecting the storm water drains because that's a quick solution to the problem," he said.
Agreeing that the situation might worsen with more rains, the mayor is said that the repairs could be done in 15 days if the city got some respite from rains.
The Bellandur lake is reported to have been overflowing since Wednesday, inundating the nearby areas and many houses. The incessant rains since the last two days flooded the road that leads to Yemalur Tech Park.
For the residents, getting the water out of the apartments is of primary concern.
Expressing concern over accessibility to roads, she said that roads connecting Bellandur and Yemalur have been blocked. She pointed out that in spite of IISc professor TV Ramachandra's recommendation that the lake needs to be dredged, it hasn't been carried out.
Calling for immediate action by the BBMP considering the emergency of the situation, convenor of Friends of Lake, Ramprasad said, "Last year there was some amount of inundation happening, but not to this extent. This is just 65 mm rain in the last two days. Keep in mind monsoon has just started. If we can't contain this what will we do for the next few months?"
Raising the issue of wetlands being encroached upon for construction, Ramprasad said that residents should be aware whether their apartment is situated on a wetland or not and refrain from buying properties at such locations.
The froth from the lake has been reported to has caused skin allergies and the online petition sought for a thorough cleanup instead of temporary solutions.
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