news Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 05:30
The News Minute| October 7, 2014| 7.30 am IST Last Updated: October 7, 2014 | 12.30 pm IST On Tuesday noon, rescue workers had still not found 9-year-old Geeta Lakshmi, who fell into a storm water drain in the city on Monday night. The incident has focused attention on just how unsafe the city’s footpaths are for pedestrians, despite crores of rupees being spent on it every year. The mishap happened as Geetha Lakshmi was walking back home with her aunt in Bilekahalli area on Bannerghatta road. The whole road was flooded with water four-feet high and repairs to pavements were being carried out along the road in some stretches.  As Geetha Lakshmi and her aunt were walking back to their house, she slipped into an overflowing drain. Although fire sand safety personnel began rescue operations, there was no sign of her. Rescue personnel also dug up more concrete slabs covering the drain network on the road, but it yielded no results. By Tuesday morning, 25 NDRF personnel have also been deployed. Rescue personnel are now searching a spot that is around 400 metres away from the place where the girl fell in, as they calculated the rough spot where she might be. A Kannada daily quoted BBMP Commissioner Lakshminarayana as saying that the rains in the city on Monday night were not enough to wash someone away. He said that as soon as rescue personnel received news they had begun to look for the child. Rescue operations went on through the night many slabs covering drains at Bannerghata road have been removed for road repair work.  Even as search for the child continues, the state government had announced plans to improve roads on the periphery of the city, in which several IT companies and IT parks and industrial areas are located.

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