Digital Desk, Bangalore. Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Tuesday said a compensation of Rs 10,000 to houses affected by water entered the housing complex in Yelahanka suburb of Bengaluru, Rs 1 lakh to those damaged and Rs 5 lakh to houses completely destroyed by incessant rains. Will be given soon.
Speaking to media persons after his visit to a submerged apartment in Yelahanka, Bommai said, “I have ordered immediate release of Rs 10,000 to those who had suffered damages due to water entering their homes.” About 400 homes have been affected in the Yalahanka area. About 10 km of main roads and 20 km of internal roads have also been damaged. I have directed the concerned officials to prepare an estimate of the damage to the infrastructure. Funds will be released immediately to start the repair works. The chief minister attributed the floods to the barriers built to block the flow of rajkaluwe (storm water drains).
The work of widening 50 km Rajkaluve has been started, while it has been decided to widen it by 50 km. There is a need to increase the width of Rajkaluwe to 30 feet from the present 8-10 feet. He said that necessary steps would be taken to ensure smooth flow of flood water in Rajkaluwe. Incessant rains for the last three days have filled the Yelahanka lake, which is in spate. Flood waters engulfed the adjoining areas, including the Kendriya Vihar apartment complex that the Chief Minister visited on Tuesday.
The basement of the apartment is submerged in water for 4-5 feet. Bommai said that local MLA Vishwanath has provided food, water and other essential items to the people trapped in the building. A total of 603 people live in the apartment complex. Yelahanka Lake is connected to 11 upstream lakes. The Chief Minister said that due to heavy rains, the water of all the lakes has entered the Yelahanka Lake, which has two narrow rajkaluvs, which have been blocked or encroached upon at many places.