Heavy rains battered parts of Bengaluru again on Monday evening, causing flooding and miles of traffic jams.
The Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) has warned of a water supply disruption in several districts for today and tomorrow.
The board has arranged temporary tankers free of charge. These are delivered to areas where the water supply through faucets has been cut off.
Prime Minister Basavaraj Bommai is to visit the TK Halli unit of the Bengaluru Water Board in Mandya district, which will manage the drinking water supply of the city of Bengaluru, as water poured into the unit after heavy rains on Sunday evening.
“BWSSB chairman, engineers and secretary of the urban development department have already been sent to the unit. Mandya district officials are busy draining water from the pumping station. The situation is expected to be under control by the evening. The technical team is working on the emergency mode to restart the machines. I will visit and give the necessary instructions,” Mr Bommai told ANI news agency.
Several lakes in the city overflowed and storm sewers were flooded, affecting the low-lying areas where water entered homes.
Bengaluru is home to companies like Amazon, Flipkart, and Wipro, all of which run logistics and other operations from there.
Infrastructure development in the city has not kept up with the constant traffic jams and unplanned construction work on dry lakes, which lead to frequent flooding even after moderate rainfall, city companies complain.
“The recent rains in Bengaluru have been extraordinary. The government led by BS Bommai is actively monitoring the issue and is working hard to resolve it as soon as possible. A thriving city that has been growing continuously for decades must face certain infrastructure problems. Ashwathnarayan CN, IT Minister.
Earlier this morning authorities used inflatable boats to ferry people around and footage on social media showed tractors were being used to transport travelers from the airport.
The Outer Ring Road Companies Association (ORRCA), the governing body of the IT industry, advised employees to work from home while many schools and colleges were closed.