The Karnataka High Court on Monday stated that the flooding in several parts of Bengaluru last week was due to the failure of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike to remove all encroachments on storm water drains, reported Live Law.
A division bench of Acting Chief Justice Alok Aradhe and Justice S Vishwajith Shetty, hearing a plea seeking rejuvenation of lakes in the city, ordered the Karnataka government and the Bengaluru municipal corporation to take immediate steps for removal of the encroachments on storm water drains and to ensure prevention of dumping of all kind of wastes into them.
The petitioners have alleged that encroachments of storm water drains is one of the main causes for flooding of low laying areas during rainfall, reported The Hindu.
“The city of Bengaluru has faced unprecedented floods and parts of the city were inundated with rainwater,” the court said on Monday. “The aforesaid situation has arisen as the BBMP has failed to perform its statutory duties of removal of encroachments.”
The bench call for immediate action after being informed that the authorities had not complied with an order issued by the court on June 18, 2019, to remove encroachments.
The court also directed the municipal corporation to submit a status report and take steps to ensure prevention of…