Administrator’s alert to officers’ WhatsApp group falls on ‘siesta’ ears
Apparently the only officer to get out of his comfort zone on a Sunday, following Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa’s directive to BBMP administrator Gaurav Gupta to keep an eye on the rain-related situation in Bengaluru, was Commissioner N Manjunatha Prasad.
Unlike the other IAS officers deputed to BBMP, for whom Sunday afternoon spelt ‘siesta’, Prasad spent several hours in the central control room and directed his engineers to monitor the situation in the low-lying areas of the city.
Speaking to TheBengaluruLive, Prasad said, “The entire administration of BBMP is on alert and functioning to tackle any rain-related complaints.” He added, “Scattered light to moderate rains across the city has been reported. I visited many areas, including the control room. Some cases of water-logging were immediately attended to.”
As BBMP Commissioner for almost four years now, Prasad has total control over the civic administration and single-handedly took stock of the rain-related situation with the necessary directives to his engineers.
Contrastingly, his fellow-IAS officers in BBMP did not step out to check the situation even in their own zones, said an officer on the condition of anonymity. This, despite administrator Gaurav Gupta relaying the CM’s directive within the officers’ WhatsApp group to keep a watch on the monsoon preparedness in the zones and zonal control rooms.
As per reports, several city areas reported heavy rains — Chokkasandra recorded 12 mm of rain, while Sampangiramnagar, Jnana Bharathi, Kottegepalya and Chamarajpet reported 11 mm rain.