Rainy Day Blues

24 Apr

So its raining again and Bangaloreans are going through the same harrowing experience they go through every year:

1. Flooded Basements

2. Flooded Streets

3. Overflowing Gutters

4. General Chaos

The Bangalore Bombat Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) is probably stretched beyond its capabilities.

While we are quick to jump up and blame them (nine times out of ten we are justified), some amount of responsibility for this lies with us as well.

I am not talking about the builders who have converted tank bunds into apartment complexes (that explains the flooding in the basement). For instance our road normally has good drainage and street rarely floods. But of late there is this “brihaspathi” who is building a house and despite all requests dumps sand and bricks in the gutter in front of his house thus blocking all exits for the gushing water.

We cant blame the BBMP for this.


7 Responses to “Rainy Day Blues”

  1. Veena April 24, 2007 at 4:05 am #


    If you still want to blame the BBMP you can say,
    Its their responsibility to see to it that these builders doesn’t put all their rubbish/waste on the road.

    Honestly we had this experience, last year when we were doing our parking place inside the compound, we had to cut the tree there. You know what time it was done? late in the night – because by the time people starts using the road, things should be clean on the road. The lorry guys charge you hefty when you ask them to come at 5am etc., their non-peak hours of working!! 🙂

    May be such rules apply to main roads or even area specific 🙂 Who is your area corporator BTW ?

    I felt really sad, that one lady just vanished in the floods of rain water, she was sleeping inside the petty shop itseems….

    Howz summer holidays going on for Nikhil ?

  2. destinationsrik April 24, 2007 at 6:50 am #

    Bruhaspathi 😀 nice adjective!!

  3. vinay April 24, 2007 at 9:11 am #

    how abt…. ‘brickspathi’ ???

  4. praneshachar April 24, 2007 at 11:39 am #

    brickspathiye brahsapathi marayere
    unless citizens feel their duties and act accordingly no BBMP or any civic organisation can help we have to live with it. and ofcourse all of us are living “with it”

  5. greatunknown April 24, 2007 at 5:20 pm #

    We’re in a land of no return Vijay. With the beautiful, shady promenade on MG Road poised to be brutalised… we have no hope for the rest of Bangalore.

  6. praneshachar April 25, 2007 at 3:07 am #

    MG road will no more be the majestic one yes it is brutally chopped off
    nuianses of construction just behind my house construciton is on yesterday they have to do cetering work on first floor my house telephone cable and TV cable were overriding this structure what to do just cut it that’s what they have done this is our civic sense and my telephone in house is not working till now but TV cable fellows were prompt in rectifying and the cable guy was telling this is 5th or 6th cut for the day. who is to be blamed the guys who put the cable across the building or the person who cut it. we have to live with it when enquired the construciton guy says hogi complaint madi sir sari madtare!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Thanks to BSNL as my monthly bill was 1500 PM average in the last ;six months under scheme they have given us one more connection free there will no rent or deposit only call charges will be made so atleast one telephone is there working in the house right now. Thanks BSNL
    Civic Sense Zindabad. cable TV zindabad BSNL zindabad.
    all of us are affeacted but the guy who is constructing is very confortable.
    mera bharat mahan

  7. Mysorean April 26, 2007 at 7:05 am #

    LOL@ finding this word “brihaspati”. My mom used to use it for me many times!

    Little to say on the content of the post because I feel like going and shouting at that fellow who is blocking the drains!

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