Bangalore IT hub flooded, firms fume
Bad roads and reckless construction are the flip side of life in a city where waterlogging woes continue to haunt civic authorities, reports BR Srikanth.Updated: Sep 15, 2007, 03:27 IST
The Garden City is choking on its own success. Bad roads and reckless construction are the flip side of life in a city where waterlogging woes continue to haunt civic authorities.
Following heavy showers on Thursday night, the home to 1,300 IT companies was waterlogged as rainwater flooded three adjoining lakes. A 65-year-old woman died on Friday, taking the flood toll to three over the past 48 hours.
Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy visited some of the affected areas.
To add to the woes of more than 1,00,000 employees of IT companies, protests by residents in the form of road blockades lead to traffic snarls over a 5-km long stretch on the Bangalore-Hosur road. Traffic was thrown out of gear.
Head honchos in IT firms are furious, as they feel civic authorities have done little to prevent a deluge following a similar experience in October 2005.“This is disastrous for Bangalore and has disrupted work for the second time in three years. We must have a long-term solution,” said TV Mohan Das Pai, head of Infosys Technologies Ltd.