Ashoka oversees rain preparedness
Recent heavy rains in the city has forced BBMP to constitute a special task force after the intervention of Revenue Minister R Ashoka.
Ashoka reviewed the rain preparedness of the civic body on Thursday after he was directed by Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa to take responsility for Bengaluru city.
At a meeting chaired by him at BBMP’s head office, it was decided to map areas prone to flooding and to demarcate Bengaluru into red, orange and yellow zones, apart from using models to identify affected areas if the city receives 60 mm, 80 mm, 100 mm and 120 mm of rain.
Ashoka stressed effective functioning of control rooms and also directed appointment of nodal officials to look after rain preparedness work. “Around 28 teams will clear fallen branches and trees immediately. Officials have been directed to identify trees that are weak/dead and prepare an estimate of the cost to clear them. In case of flooding of houses in low-lying areas, residents must be evacuated and rehabilitated in community halls,” he said.
The meeting was attended by Mayor M Goutham Kumar and Bengaluru Central MP PC Mohan.