Bengaluru: Municipal officials practise cricket as city battles deadly floods

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Bengaluru: Municipal officials practise cricket as city battles deadly floods

India Today has exclusive pictures which show some BBMP officials at a ground playing cricket.

Citizens of Bengaluru woke up on Saturday to the news of 5 people killed and massive destruction caused in various parts of the city due to incessant rains.

The rains on Friday night led to a wall collapse killing a couple and three others. People drowned as heavy rains lashed in and around Kurubarahalli and Laggere area.

Sunday morning too was as bad as the previous day. People in localities such as BTM layout, Yelahanka and many other areas had to manoeuvre in knee deep water.

While the citizens are suffering, it is the duty of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) officials to be on their toes and assist the ones in need.

However, some of them were busy practicing for a cricket tournament. India Today has exclusive pictures which show some BBMP officials at a ground playing cricket.

When citizens of the city are struggling, how can these officials be so callous and display utter apathy?

Sampath Raj, the new mayor of the city has allegedly issued a show cause notice to all the officials involved.

Speaking to India Today, Raj initially dismissed the pictures as old ones. He said the grounds are filled with water and slush, therefore even thinking about playing there is impossible.

But he also added that some of the officials are not in the best of health and if they are playing in the morning, 'We cannot put a stop to that,' as it is their personal time.

When India Today asked Ramalinga Reddy, Karnataka Home Minister, on why the BBMP is struggling to keep the city from falling apart, he retorted saying since the past 60 days, it has been raining for 46-47 days. "How can we fill potholes or repair road when it is raining like this". he wanted to know.

He also rebutted the BJP's allegations of Rs 4000 crore wasted. 'The money allocated was Rs. 3,750 cr in the past 4 years and only Rs. 1,750 cr has been used,' he said. According to the minister, they still have some Rs 2,000 crore to carry on with civil works that includes road repairs, constructing new drains and white-topping as well.

HOME MINISTER QUESTIONS BJP'S CONTRIBUTION

Instead of politicizing the issue, the Home Minister wants to know why the BJP councilors who number 100 in the BBMP can't also pitch in and repair roads in their wards. He says, "We have given money to all councilors regardless of which party they belong to," and hence they cannot complain.

He further added that the BJP has also 12 MLAs, 3 Lok Sabha and 2 Rajya Sabha members from Bengaluru. "They never visit their constituencies. We should all be working together now," he added.

BENGALURU'S ALL-TIME WETTEST YEAR IS 2017

According to the India Meteorological Department data, by Saturday evening, the city had witnessed 1,621.6 mm of rainfall in 2017. This is more than the 1,600mm rainfall in 2005.

Senior Met officials in Bengaluru tell India Today, from October 1 till October 15, the city has received almost 385.7 mm rainfall which is above normal.