Karnataka govt releases Rs 300 crore to manage flood situation in IT hub

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said on Monday night that the government has agreed to provide Rs 300 crore to handle the flood situation in the city as heavy rain continued to wreck havoc in Bengaluru.

To assess the rain and flood situation in the state, particularly the capital city, and the losses inflicted, the chief minister presided over a conference with top ministers and officials late at night.

To control the rain and flood scenario across the state, the state government has agreed to give Rs 600 crore. According to Bommai, Rs 300 crore has been set aside for Bengaluru alone to repair damaged infrastructure, including roads, electric poles, transformers, schools, and other items.

Additionally, he said that deputy commissioners in certain districts now have access to Rs 664 and that a second Rs 500 crore has already been approved for infrastructure projects.

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According to Bommai, a total of Rs 1,500 crore has been set aside for stormwater drains in Bengaluru. He also said that after the water subsided, work would start.

According to the chief minister, the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) will now have a company dedicated just to Bengaluru.

In addition, rs 9.50 crore is being made available for boats and other equipment. He noted that two other SDRF firms would be established at the state level in the following days.

From September 1 to 5, according to Bommai, certain areas of the city had rainfall that was 150% over average, while Mahadevapura, Bommanahalli, and K R Puram zones saw rain that was 307% above average.

In addition, he said that 164 lakes in Bengaluru had filled with water, making this the wettest year (1992–1993) in the last 32 years.