27 lakes to be taken up by BBMP – Bengaluru

27 lakes to be taken up by BBMP – Bengaluru

27 lakes in Bengaluru will be taken up by BBMP for restoration.  The project will be taken up on the ‘comprehensive development” plan.

Bengaluru, also known as the ‘Garden city’ of India, was dotted with numerous lakes. Kempe Gowda, the founder of Bengaluru  and his successors built more than hundreds of lakes and tanks in the city which are now slowly fading out from the heart of the city due to rapid urbanization and discharge of effluents in the water bodies.  

Status of lakes in Bengaluru :

  1. Eutrophication of lakes because of nutrient input
  2. Inflow of sewage to lakes
  3. Shrinkage of water body
  4. Solid waste dumping in the periphery of lakes
  5. Encroachment of lake and urbanization in catchment area
  6. Reduced storm water flow to lake body due to interception in catchment area and deforestation
  7. Shoreline erosion
  8. Weed growth

Lakes in Bengaluru :

Lakes in Bengaluru are numerous, and there are no rivers close by.  Most lakes in the Bengaluru region were constructed in the sixteenth century by damming the natural valley systems by constructing bunds.

The effect of urbanization has taken some heavy toll on the Beautiful lakes in Bengaluru. The lakes in Bengaluru have been largely encroached for urban infrastructure and as result, in the heart of the city only 17 good lakes exist as against 51 healthy lakes in 1985.

Urban development has caused 19 lakes getting converted to bus stands, Golf courses, playgrounds and residential colonies, and few tanks were breached under the malaria eradication program.

BBMP to breathe life into 27 lakes :

The BBMP will be fixing inlet and outlets, creating wetlands, island sand repairing the existing bunds.  The work includes desilting to increase the holding of water capacity. 

The State government has sanctioned Rs.348 crore for the rejuvenation project. The BBMP proposed to include public toilets, fencing, children’s park. boating and other small parks.

27 lakes – Zone wise rejuvenation :

The civic body is planning to rejuvenate lakes zone wise.   They zones where lake are identified are :

Mahadevapura zone – 9 lakes

Bommanahalli zone – 13 lakes

Rajarajeshwarinagar Zone – 2 lakes

Dasarahalli Zone – one lake

Yelahanka Zone – one lake

Bengaluru South Zone – one lake

According to a BBMP official the work will be done on stages.  They are going to do entry level revival with respect to storm-water drains. Diversion channels will be revived so that the sewage water is prevented from entering the water bodies.

Tenders have been called for the project and the work will be starting very soon.

Name of lakes – 27 lakes to get new life :

  1. Kaggadasapura lake
  2. Hoodi giddanakere
  3. Nagarabhavi lake
  4. Jimkenahalli lake
  5. Kalkere Rampura lake
  6. Nagareshwara – Nagenahalli lake
  7. Abbigere lake
  8. Shivanahalli lake
  9. Talghatapura lake
  10. Mahadevapura Lake
  11. Mesthripalya Lake
  12. Nallurahalli lake
  13. Byrasandra lake
  14. Gunjur playa lake
  15. Basapura lake
  16. Basavanapura lake
  17. Chikka Begur lake
  18. Devarakere
  19. Doddakallasandra lake
  20. Gowdana Palya,
  21. Gubbalalu lake
  22. Hulimavu lake
  23. Konappana Agrahar Lake
  24. Kammanahalli lake
  25. Vasanthapura lake
  26. Yelenahalli lake
  27. Daddabidarakallu lake

Co-operation with other departments :

The BBMP Lakes department should coordinate with storm water drain department and BWSSB to face any emerging issues to avoid future floods, back-flow pollution etc.

Deep desilting is also needed to resume the original depth of the lake.  Ecologists, environmentalists and hydro-geologists are to be involved.

Private adoption of lakes :

Five firms have signed an agreement with the Karnataka State government to adopt lakes in and around the Bengaluru city a few months back.

India Inc. came forward to adopt 6 lakes in Bengaluru for rejuvenation.  The 6 lakes adopted are Kenchenahalli lake by Meritor CVC India Ltd., Doddathogur lake by Elcia, Shikaripalya by Wipro, Yarandahalli lake and Kammasandra Lake by Biocon and Maragondanahalli lake by Timken India Ltd.

Lakes will not breach this monsoon :

For those living by the lakeside in Bengaluru, the monsoon is always a worry. The risk of flooding or even a breach cannot be ruled out. Surprisingly this year, the BBMP has said no lake is expected to breach or overflow. 

Breaching of a lake

Last year, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) had identified some lakes ahead of the monsoon that could pose danger to the residents.

The lakes included Gubbalala Lake in Uttarahalli, Begur Lake, Vasanthapura Lake, Doddakallasandra Lake in Vasanthapura and others. These lakes reportedly had breaches due to weak embankments or had no embankment at all. 

Road flooding

BBMP officials did not rule out lakes overflowing this monsoon if the rainfall is too heavy.

To know more about lake rejuvenation read https://bangalorean.com/blog/45-lakes-revival-in-bengaluru-by-2025/

Monsoon – Is Benglauru prepared for the coming Monsoon ?

Monsoon – Is Benglauru prepared for the coming Monsoon ?

Monsoon – Is Benglauru really prepared to face the coming Monsoon season.  With so many works under process one can imagine the plight of people during monsoon.

Even the best planned cities in the world may not be able to withstand nature’s fury, but all it takes for Bengaluru to crumble is just one rain. 

If the havoc wreaked by the pre-monsoon showers recently is any indication, the actual rainy season is certain to be a real hell, due to the complete lack of preparedness. 

Pre-monsoon showers, which saw houses flooded, traffic disrupted, trees and electric poles crashing and roads developing pot holes has already given Bengalureans a taste of things to come this monsoon season.

Same problems – every monsoon season :

Rapid urbanization lead to depletion of grasslands, draining of lakes, etc.  The population growth happened un-proportional to the Infrastructure growth. 

Pothole-riddled roads, sewage-infested lakes, stinking primary drains, slushy garbage floating on the sides of the roads and people buying boats to navigate roads which have turned into rivers. 

This was Benglauru in a nutshell after monsoon had wreaked havoc in the city in recent years.

Every year it is an all too familiar story of flooding, falling trees and power outages, but the civic and utility agencies rarely take precautionary measures.  They will be caught totally unawares when the skies open up.

With its waving topography, Bengaluru should never have faced the problem of flooding, but unplanned growth and illegal constructions have hindered the free flow of water to the hundreds of lakes that once dotted the city. 

Are Storm water drains Monsoon ready?

Work on building walls for storm water drains was stopped due to election code of conduct. This has also hampered the efforts to conduct survey to identify old and vulnerable trees. 

Bengaluru has approximately 842 kms storm water drain network built specifically to avert flood.  Only 300 to 400 kms. Of this network has permanent walls which are necessary to prevent rainwater from overflowing on to streets.

The reason for flooding in choking of road side drains with debris and silt.  The BBMP removes silt from roadside drains but the silt remains. This leads to usual flooding of roads.

Drains lack walls and overflowing lakes :

Building walls are one problem whereas silt accumulation is another.  This has reduced the carrying capacity of drains.

The existing lakes do not have the holding capacity as they have not been de-silted for years, leading to overflowing and consequent flooding. 

Accumulation of silt has reduced the water storage capacity of the lakes in the city.  Even a short spell of rain can result in choked and overflowing drains.  The city’s drains cannot take heavy rain.

Falling trees :

Once upon a time, Bengaluru was known for its green cover.  But the green cover is its most vulnerable and dangerous commodity when it pours.

Falling trees can cause huge damage.  They cut out power lines and falling trees causes blocked roads.

The BBMP has handed over the task to forest cell to identify and secured old and vulnerable trees.  but conducting a tree survey is a time consuming job and requires co-ordination among different organisations.

BESCOM and BWSSB’s contribution :

The contribution of the water and electricity supply agencies, BWSSB and BESCOM, to the mess is also in no meagre measure. Though monsoon is round the corner, BWSSB is still continuing with its digging activities in many areas.

While BBMP fails to remove weak, old and dead trees in advance, BESCOM’s inefficiency in pruning branches that touch electric lines is one of the reasons for power failure at the first sign of rain.

Reasons for traffic jams during monsoon period :

Eain water logging in the city

People tend to take the main roads to avoid the shorter routes as they get water logged and are not really safe.  This increases the vehicle destiny sharply on the road.

There are trucks and other large vehicles on the same roads which take much of the area and they move quite slow as well.

The rains in here are usually accompanied by strong winds causing trees or branches to be uprooted. This blocks a significant part of the road.

People are cautious and tend to drive slower when it rains so even if the roads are clear the vehicles move slowly.

Water logging : a good chuck of already over burdened roads are rendered useless due to water logging. 

Areas underneath flyover act as a shelter for two wheelers from rain.  Many vehicles parked causes congestion.

Low visibility and safety concerns result in slow driving.

White topping of roads is a major concern in monsoon season :

A new scheme White-Topping under which it was planned to concretize all major arterial roads of the city is still going on. The lack of planning resulted in a very haphazard construction under the scheme.

There are certain two-way roads, only half of those are completed the rest of the half are still dug which will result in further inconvenience to citizens. Even few showers can result in flash floods and bring the entire city to a halt. Sadly, rain readiness begins as the rainy season begins.

Conclusion :

Why is the cleaning works not done on a regular basis, when a full team is employed to do such works. 

The rains will come and go. What we have seen, also, is that governments that promise to improve the infrastructure, clean up the city, and make Bengaluru ‘world-class’ also come and go.

But, for the most part, they don’t have the technical competence to develop the city, the administrative diligence to accompany it, or the political will to actually serve the public. On that front, it has been raining for decades.

Last year several rain-related deaths were reported in the city because of unpreparedness of the authorities. 

Sewage into SWDs – Action on property owners – Bengaluru

Sewage into SWDs – Action on property owners – Bengaluru

Sewage into SWDs – Sewage water is being let into the SWD’s in Bengaluru by 497 properties. The Bengaluru Water Supply and Sewage Board (BWSSB) has issued notices to 389 of the property owners in namma Bengaluru ranging from houses to business establishments.

Bengaluru Topography :

Bengaluru is draped over the Deccan Plateau at an altitude of 949 meters (3113 ft.) above sea level, which gives it possibly the best climate among all the cities in India. Legend has it that Bengaluru  got its name from the words “BendhaKaaLu” (which means boiled beans in the local language Kannada).

King VeeraBallala of the Vijayanagara kingdom was once lost in a forest and happened to stumble upon a lonely cottage. An old woman that lived there could offer the starving king only boiled beans “BendhakaaLu” and the place came to be known as “BendhakaaLuooru” (ooru in Kannada means a city).

BendhakaaLooru later came to be known as BengaLooru in Kannada and Bangalore in English. However, historical evidence shows that “BengaLooru” was recorded much before King Ballala’s time in a 9th century temple inscription in the village of Begur. Even today “BengaLooru” exists within the city limits in Kodigehalli area and is called as “HalebengaLooru” or “Old Bangalore.”

Bangalore water supply and Sewage board :

The Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) is the premier governmental agency responsible for sewage disposal and water supply to namma Bengaluru.. It was formed in 1964.

BWSSB currently supplies approximately 900 million liters (238 million gallons) of water to the city per day, despite a municipal demand of 1.3 billion liters. Water for the city (with a population of 10 million) comes from a number of sources, with 80% of it coming from the Cauvery river.  Water is also drawn from the Arkavathy river, but the supply does not meet the demand.

Storm water drains – sewage seeping in:

A storm water drain is an infrastructure designed to drain excess rain and ground water from impervious surfaces such as paved streets, car parks, parking lots, footpaths, sidewalks, and roofs. Storm drains vary in design from small residential dry wells to large municipal systems.

Drainage/Sewage and storm water in the same drain

Drains receive water from street gutters on most motorways, freeways and other busy roads, as well as towns in areas with heavy rainfall that leads to flooding  and coastal towns with regular storms.  Even gutters from houses and buildings can connect to the storm drain.

Many storm drainage systems are gravity sewers  that drain untreated storm water into rivers or streams — so it is unacceptable to pour hazardous substances into the drains.  Storm drains often cannot manage the quantity of rain that falls in heavy rains or storms.  Inundated drains can cause basement and street flooding.

In many areas require detention tanks inside a property that temporarily hold runoff in heavy rains and restrict outlet flow to the public sewer. This reduces the risk of overwhelming the public sewer. Some storm drains mix storm water (rainwater) with sewage,  either intentionally in the case of combines sewers, or unintentionally.

Relationship to sanitary sewer systems :

Storm drains are separate and distinct from sanitary sewer systems. The separation of storm sewers from sanitary sewers helps prevent sewage treatment plants becoming overwhelmed by infiltration/inflow during a rainstorm, which could discharge untreated sewage into the environment.

Many storm drainage systems drain untreated storm water into rivers or streams. Many local governments conduct public awareness campaigns about this, lest people dump waste into the storm drain system.

Combined sewers :

Cities that installed their sewage collection systems before the 1930s typically used single piping systems to transport both urban runoff and sewage. This type of collection system is referred to as a combined sewer system (CSS).

The cities’ rationale when combined sewers were built was that it would be cheaper to build just a single system. In these systems a sudden large rainfall that exceeds sewage treatment capacity is allowed to overflow directly from storm drains into receiving waters via structures called combined sewer overflows.

Contaminated water enters storm water drain

Storm drains are typically at shallower depths than combined sewers; because, while storm drains are designed to accept surface runoff from streets, combined sewers were designed to also accept sewage flows from buildings with basements

The BBMP vs BWSSB ‘passing the parcel’ game :

When it rains in Bengaluru, the rajakaluves or storm water drains will overflow as there is no scope for the water to seep into the ground.  The biggest problem is that the BBMP is in charge of storm water drains, while the BWSSB is responsible for managing Bengaluru’s sewage system.

Both BBMP and BWSSB are passing the buck.  It has been decades and no one is bothered to rectify the city’s sewage and storm water drain system.

So many sewage lines are connected to the Storm Water Drains.  People have been ranting about this issue and the agencies are not doing anything.

Notice to property owners – Sewage into SWDs :

The BWSSB has sent notices to 389 property owners and is in the process of puling up the remaining ones.  The details of the violation has been sent to the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board.

Apartment’s sewage water seeping into the storm water drain

The notice issuance is in the wake of the National Green Tribunal’s direction to the Karnataka State Government.  The direction is to take action and to plan to put an end to the contamination of run-off rainwater in SWDs.

Some of the Property owners – Sewage to SWDs :

Many apartment owners like Pebble Creak, Brooke Enclave on ITPL Main road, Chaitanya Prestige Shantiniketan on Whitefield road, Gopalan enclave on ECC road.  `

The educational institutions are also included in the list.  They are Shree Chaitanya Techno School in Mahalakshmi layout and also a number of paying guest accommodations in Ambedkar Nagar.

Apartment’s sewage discharge

The eastern part of Bengaluru top the list with 276 properties violating the rules. The BWSSB board is imposing a fine of Rs.5000 to violators all these time.  But now the BWSSB board wants to take the opinion of the legal cell to take serious action.

Option to property owners – Sewage connection :

Those property owners who are willing to follow the rules, the board will be imposing a penalty and to apply for the sewage connection.    The board is planning to take property owners who are violating to the court.  According to the Board KSPCB (Karnataka State Pollution Control Board) can file criminal cases against violators.

Legal actions will be taken against large apartment owners if found guilty .  Even individual houses will not be spared.

Need of the hour :

The unauthorized, rampant encroachment of marshlands and bugger zones of lakes, obstruction sewer pipes and manholes, encroachment of store water pipes, garbage dumped in the Storm Water Drains have blocked the outlets of rainwater.

What is needed in namma Bengaluru is a need of a shared project with the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board to have all the sewage go into trunk sewers on either side of the drain. The reason Bengaluru has faced floods is there is no place for sewage, which flows back into lakes.

Public Interest Litigation (PIL) – White Topping of  Roads

Public Interest Litigation (PIL) – White Topping of Roads

Public Interest Litigation (PIL) – has been filed by a group of citizens who are living in Jayanagar and Basavangudi in High Court against white-topping of roads in the area.

White-topping of roads in Bengaluru :

This Public Interest Litigation (PIL) is against the white-topping of roads in Bengaluru. White-topping has created a havoc by burdening the citizens with escalating traffic and dust problems.

The deadline for white-topping of 94 km roads under 1st phase which is costing Rs.986.64 crore lapsed in July 2018,with only 15% of the work being completed. 

Glitches in the procedure – Public Interest Litigation :

The Bengaluru city is following a flawed method of white-topping roads, as cement is poured wherever there is asphalt.  

During white-topping of roads, only a part of the asphalt layer is being removed and replaced with cement blocks that are thick by 5 inches.  This in turn is making the road level very high.  Ideally they should remove a layer below the asphalt called sub-grade.

The sub-grade needs to be surface-milled so that when concrete is put, one achieves the similar height as before.   Since the cement blocks are thick in size, they are covering the water drains laid out on the sides of the footpath.  Footpaths are at a lower level when compared to the elevated roads.

Problems at Basavangudi due to white topping – Public Interest Litigation filed :

The problems have multiplied recently at Basavangudi due to the white topping.  The residents are unable to take out their vehicles.  The height of the roads has been increased.  Basavangudi is one of the city’s best-planned area.

Motorists, residents complain that after white topping, they are facing more problems than what it was before.  It has become a nightmare to motorists due to the mess created by BBMP.

Due to the increased height of the roads in Basavangudi, it is causing flooding.  Whenever it rains the water along with garbage enters the houses.  After the white topping done, the BBMP has forgotten to remove the construction debris.

Some of the roads at Basavangudi has turned into one-way after white-topping.  This has contributed to a reduction in the business for the traders.

Woes of the residents:

Traffic jam has become a major problem.  Sometimes parking a car is a big problem.  The wheel gets stuck between the road and the footpath.  For two-wheelers, they can easily slip and fall.  No warning signs are placed anywhere to indicate where the white topping road is being laid in some areas.

Public money at stake – Public interest litigation :

Many roads that are being white-topped are those roads that were either recently tarred or were in good condition.  So the concreting of these roads is simply waste of resources.

The selection of the roads that requires white-topping should be taken locally at the ward level.  As people in the ward are more aware of the condition of a particular road and whether or not it requires white-topping.

white topping road

Those roads which are white-topped lack a sufficient utility duct.  This shows the government’s involvement in building good roads.

What is missing from white topped roads are uniform vehicle lanes, wide footpaths and the entire road geometry.

Citizen’s seeking High Court Intervention :

A group of citizens residing in Jayanagar and Basavangudi has moved the High Court intervention against road white-topping project.  They want to stop work between Madhavan Park and Nagasandra Cricle.

According to the residents of the area the roads marked for white topping is in perfect condition without potholes or any damages.  The work has started 3 weeks back in the above mentioned stretch.  The footpaths are full with pipes. 

According to the residents the water and sanitary lines have not been shifted.  The work has been allotted to a Hyderabad company.  The workers have no idea about the utility pipes lying beneath the road.

Cauvery water pipes –  Public Interest Litigation :

T he Cauvery water pipes beneath the road in this area carry water to many parts of the city.  The water supply is to the eastern parts of Bengaluru and also to the places like NIMHANS,  Ejipura, Jayanagar, Double Road and Siddapura.  These pipes are more than 25 years old and shifting them is a major task.

Any damage to the pipe while shifting will affect water supply to lakhs of people .  there is also the lack of co-ordination between the BWSSB and BBMP. 

Disruption to common man :

The Senior citizens are most affected by the white-topping.  The contractors keep raising the level of the road every time the work is taken and this has increased the road height and is a cause to flooding. 

Materials required for white-topping is dumped on the footpaths, forcing pedestrians to walk on the road.  Large pipes are blocking the footpaths.

The road after the topping has become too high.   The residents are unable to take out their vehicles.  The height of the roads has been increased.  Basavangudi is one of the city’s best-planned area.

Motorists, residents complain that after white topping, they are facing more problems than what it was before.  It has become a nightmare to motorists due to the mess created by BBMP.

According to a citizens,”the height of the road will increase and citizens will suffer as water and dirt will enter their homes.  It is unscientifically being done because water and sanitary line should be placed at a distance, here, the workers have no idea”.

Burden to citizens :

The white-topping of roads in Bengaluru has created havoc by overly burdening citizens with increasing traffic and dust problems.   The white topping of 94 km roads which falls under phase 1 costing Rs.986.64 crore lapsed in July 2018.

The  completed work is only 20%.  Despite the phase 1 pending work, the BBMP has floated tenders for an another stretch of 63.25 km under phase 2.  This has increased the enduring of traffic jam to the citizens.

The city is following a flawed method of white topping roads, as concrete is being poured wherever there is asphalt.  While white topping of roads, a part of the asphalt layer is removed and replaced with cement blocks that are 5 inches thick.  This is making the level of the road much higher.

Other areas to be covered under white topping :

Some of the main roads that will be white topped under phase 2 includes the Central Business District, heavily populated Jayanagar Shopping complex and surrounding areas, East end road, Koramangala, Wilson Garden, Gandhi Bazaaar, Madhavan Parrk to Hosur road stretch.

With the ongoing metro construction, the white topping of roads is adding the traffic mess in Bengaluru causing distress and a lot of problem to the citizens.

Loss of Greenery – Public Interest Litigation :

One of the main reasons for the residents to file the Public Interest Litigation is that white-topping will result in the loss of 14 fully grown trees on the marked stretch.

According to the Chairman of BWSSB, shifting of underground sewage lines is a big challenge before them.  The sewage lines are at a depth and are big in diameter. 

The pipes go by the gravity flow so to maintain that flow, the pipes have to be cut deeper at some of the points and that is really a time consuming work.

There should be co-ordination between BBMP and BWSSP while replacing and shifting of underground  pipelines.

White Topping roads – a project taken over by BBMP is posing problems and a nightmare to the citizens in the city.

Status of the Public Interest Litigation case :

The High Court has issued a notice to the civic body of the city BBMP Standing Council for their response to the Public Interest Litigation.

Traffic Mess – Model code of conduct – Bengaluru

Traffic Mess – Model code of conduct – Bengaluru

Traffic mess will be unbearable once the elections are over at Bengaluru.  Once the elections get over, the projects which have been stopped due to model code of conduct will start.

In modern life one has to face with many problems one of which is traffic mess becoming more serious day after day. It is said that the high volume of vehicles, the inadequate infrastructure and the irrational distribution of the development are main reasons for increasing traffic mess in the city.

Why is Bengaluru  gridlocked with traffic mess?

Everyone agrees that it was because of the rapid – and unplanned – growth of Bengaluru city.  Bengaluru  is often described as the Silicon Valley of India as it is home to the IT industry.

Since the early 1990s, global technology firms began opening offices here and a large number of support industries have grown around it, bringing with them a huge influx of people from all over India.

The population has doubled, but the infrastructure has failed to keep pace.  Most people are dependent on private transport. Every day, million vehicles enter from outside the city, clogging its already choked streets.

Temporary solution to traffic mess :

Road widening is being done at some places. At best it is a temporary solution.

Besides it is unfair to the people  who have built houses/buildings and shops legally along the road.  To accommodate a temporary passing vehicle,  that comes from some distant part of the city, asking the permanent residents to move out to make way for them.

 It makes more sense to tell the vehicle owners that they are encroaching on the space legally owned by others. When space is at a premium, and a fixed permanent asset like a building/shop/office/residence has to compete with a moving vehicle, for space, how fair is it to ask the building to get lost so that space for a car is made available?

After the road is widened, after a few years when even more cars are to be accommodated, will it help in start demolishing the fixed structures? When and where will this stop? 

Public transport to ease traffic mess:

Pretty much everyone agrees that Bengaluru’s  traffic problems are to be solved by increasing the usage of public transport options. The question is, what is an actionable plan to do that? Such a plan need to evolve around two cornerstones:

  1. Increase  the use of public transport, and
  2. Decrease the use of private, single occupancy transport.

Reality Check: Bangalore’s rising traffic concerns :

Bengaluru has seen this phenomenon at its worst. “The traffic is definitely a mess here,” says a transport and traffic expert.  “It’s faster to walk than drive.”

Being late to something as important as a meeting or presentation cannot be excused with a reason as trivial as too much traffic. However, that’s often a reality faced by employees and clients after they wade their way through the horrors of the gridlock. 

Understanding the problem – Traffic mess :

To solve, or rather to ‘minimize’, this problem as a collective, one must first understand the problem. The Bengaluru traffic congestion issue is a direct result of there being more vehicles on the road met with the general inadequate infrastructure to handle it. The only logical solution is to somehow reduce this number.

Better public transportation options would definitely help but this issue is not one which can be indolently left to the government alone to handle. It’s up to  the citizens, to reduce the number of wheels on the road.

Carpooling thus becomes an excellent option in this situation as it would not be too hard to find people who share  route to work every morning. It’s cost effective and would ease the congestion on the road. This must be better encouraged by companies.

Cable & Road work contribute to Traffic mess :

Driving on the namma city’s roads are a nightmare once the elections are over.  All the projects have been stopped due to elections model code of conduct.  Once that expires, the civil agencies will launch the work.

Brace yourselves.  Once the work starts it will coincide with the pre-monsoon showers of  May month and monsoon showers from June onwards. This is definitely add to the misery.

The BBMP and Bescom will start its work in most parts of the city from the month of May.   The Bescom work is for laying underground cables in 53 sub-divisions worth Rs.4800 crore. 

The work will start in 19 sub-divisions once the model code of conduct is lifted in the city.  Once the elections are over, the civic body will continue with the Tendersure and white-topping works.

BESCOM & BBMP work :

The first phase of Bescom work will start from May 27 in HSR Layout, Indiranagar, Benniganahalli, Peenya, Mahalakshmi Layout, Malleshwaram, Sadashivanagar, Vijayanagar and other places. 

According to BBMP officials the white-topping and Tendersure work will continue after the elections. Ward work will be taken up in Malleshwaram, Peenya, Shivajinagar, Chamarajpet, Lingarajapuram, Yelahanka and Hebbal.

Public opinion on Traffic mess :

Karnataka road tax charges are amongst the highest in the country. going by this alone, the road users who pay such hefty road tax expect good roads, parking facilities ( may be pay and park), clean roads, strict enforcement of road etiquettes and traffic rules. However, what you find are bad roads with filth lying all around and unruly traffic.  

Bengaluru  cannot be permitted to degenerate the way it is doing now. Hope the Bengaluru  traffic police and the Karnataka government together take appropriate action immediately.

The city’s traffic jams make it the sixth-most painful worldwide for commuters and second-worst for parking after New Delhi.

Any other reasons ?

The reasons which contribute significantly in making Bengaluru traffic worst :

  1. Common office/school timings :  School and offices use busses for their employees and students respectively.  Thee busses come on the streets at similar timing and hinder the traffic.
  2. Cars : Most of the IT professionals use cars to travel to work.  This takes up a lot of space per person on already narrow streets.
  3. Ineffective public transport :  The reason people use cars is because, the public transport is inefficient.
  4. Vicinity of IT parks :  Major IT parks in Bengaluru are located on a single belt, which makes the matters worse on the city roads.
  5. Us/Public : even we the public are responsible.  There is inefficient traffic management, but we can follow road discipline ourselves, the situation could become a lot better.

Power cables – going underground – Bengaluru

Power cables will be going underground.  No overhead cables in 3 years. 

Dangerous electric cables hanging

Outages is common in many parts of Bengaluru during monsoon. Also when trees and branches fall on power lines during gusty winds.

The idea is to ensure quality and reliable power supply to customers and to reduce transmission losses.

Reasons for underground power cables:

Under-grounding all existing overhead lines will help BESCOM in the long term.  The present transmission loss of nearly 10%-15% could be reduced to less than 6% – 8% when all overhead power cables are moved underground.

BESCOM is planning either aerial bunching or covered conductors in densely populated areas where the underground plan is not feasible.  The idea is to ensure quality and reliable power supply to customers and also to reduce transmission losses.

Cost of power cables going underground:

The BESCOM will start laying 18900 kms of underground cables from April 2019 at a cost of Rs. 4500 crore.

Tender have been invited for laying of underground cables.  The distance is 6900 km. of low – tension and 12000 km. of high-tension lines across Bengaluru. Amount was allotted for this project in the last state government budget.

Laying of underground power cables:

The work has already started in Peenya, HSR Layout and Whitefield along with some core areas of the city. 

According to BESCOM Managing Director underground power cables had already been laid in 30% of Bengaluru. Rest will be covered under the project.  All the details consisting of the work module, list of areas where the power cables to be laid are ready.

Laying underground power cables

The BESCOM will utilize the ducts on Tender SURE roads for laying the cables.  Simultaneous BESCOM is  building its own communication system. 

Outsourcing of laying cables:

Bescom is planning to outsource the laying of Optic Fibre cables to other agencies like BWSSB, the police or other private companies. 

Cauvery water supply scheme stage V

Cauvery water supply stage V is set to proceed.  The BWSSB has finalized the consultancy firms. 

Cauvery river

The Government of Karnataka had directed the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) to re-direct Cauvery river water to the five zones under the Cauvery Water Supply Scheme-Stage V plan.  This was kept in cold storage as Stage IV was under process.

Cost of the Project of Cauvery water supply scheme V

The project is worth Rs.5500 crore and this includes construction of 7 ground level reservoirs.  The reservoirs will be at Gottigere, Kadugodi, Chokkahalli, Singapura and Lingadeverahalli.

Cauvery Water Supply Scheme (CWSS)-Stage V:

The scheme is primarily the construction of a complete  water supply and sewerage system.  This is to be systematically undertaken in the 110 villages area in 2 phases – 500 MLD to be supplied in Phase 1 and 225 MLD in Phase 2.

water is precious

The larger plan is to direct the surplus water from the project to core areas and 8 Urban Local Bodies (ULB) in the next decade 2024-2034.

A meeting was held last year.  It was revealed in the meeting that putting down of  the pipelines is 100% complete in nine villages.  The House Service Connections (HSC) activity is in progress for 17 villages, for which 7.5 MLD has been allotted.

Cauvery water supply scheme – flow of water

In Cauvery water supply scheme Stage V, water from Shiva Anekattu or Shiva Balancing Reservoir flows into Netkal Balancing Reservoir. It is then pumped to Toraikadanahalli water treatment plant. Treated water from Toraikadanahalli is then pumped into Bengaluru through pipelines and Harohalli and Tataguni pumping stations.

12 lakh residents in 110 villages get drinking water

Areas covered under Cauvery water supply stage V

Progress is being made slowly and steadily. According to a BWSSB progress-review report, work is progressing. In terms of the laying of the pipeline, 100% of the work has been completed in 9 of the 110 villages.

Pipe laying under progress

The areas  includes 5 in Dasarahalli zone, 3 in Bommanahalli zone and 1 in Mahadevapura. The same report says that 50% of the pipeline network has been laid in 36 villages, of which 14 are in Mahadevapura zone. The work has just begun in 64 villages, while 21 villages have been untouched.

Cauvery water supply stage V at a glance

An additional 775 MLD of water will be supplied to Bengaluru through Cauvery Stage V project.  The Stage V project includes 7 ground level reservoirs, 14 Sewage Treatment Plants and 7 ISPS.  This project will benefit 110 villages and will be commissioned by 2022.

BWSSB – Water tariff hike – Bengaluru

BWSSB – Water tariff hike – Bengaluru

Water tariff hike is looking inevitable.  The BWSSB is seeking revision of water tariff to meet the operational costs.  The last revision of tariff was in 2014.

BWSSB – Government Agency

The Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) is the premier governmental agency responsible for sewage disposal and water supply to Bengaluru city. It was formed in 1964. 

There are three main sewage treatment plants, which are located in the rishabavathy, Koramangala-Chellaghatta and Hebbal valleys. Two additional mini-plants have been built near Madiwala and Kempambudi.

BWSSB – Water tariff hike – grounds & Proposal

The proposal for the hike is in the rang eof 30% or more.  The proposal will be sent to the State Government by the end of January.  The percentage of hike is being calculated.

Water tariff hike

In the end of 2014, BWSSB had raise water tariff by 20%, since 2005.  Water tariff hike revision is being a subject of political compulsions, the BWSSB in the last year draft had sought to revise tariffs every 3 years.  The government rejected the draft.

BWSSB – Water Tariff hike – operational cost

The cost of pumping and supplying water from Thippagondanahalli and Cauvery is the biggest cost.  The cost of pumping i.e., electricity takes up a major chunk of the revenue. 

The average cost of water is approx. 28 per kilolitre where as the domestic user is charged just 7 per kilolitre.   This has resulted in Rs.250 crore of deficit between expenditure and revenue.

The capital costs of all major projects taken by BWSSB will be met by the State Government or through loans.  But the operational costs are to be borne by the BWSSB’s revenue system.  Since 2014, the additional cost of Sewage treatment plant’s has added to the burden on the balance sheet.


BWSSB – Water Tariff hike – Conclusion

The BWSSB is spending money for the re-laying of roads and a lot of money is being spent to get water connection to the 110 villages.  To boost the funds of the water boards water tariff hike is inevitable. 

The BWSSB board had hike the tariff in 2014 and before that in 2005.  The gap of 9 years was between 2005 and 2014.  But this time the proposal is being made within 4 years.

The BWSSB makes a revenue of Rs.1200 crore every year  from water bills collection.

Dasarahalli suffers water pipeline work

Dasarahalli suffers water pipeline work

Dasarahalli residents are suffering from past one year as roads are dug up to lay water pipeline.

The Bangalore Water Supply and Sewage Board has dug up roads nine months back to lay water pipeline.  The areas affected under Dasarahalli  constituency are MHR, MEI, AGB and Kirloaskar layouts.

The water pipeline laying is progressing very slowly.  The project was taken up to supply cauvery water to 110 villages.  The cost of the project is Rs.296.38 crore.

The roads dug up for laying water pipelines have not yet been restored.  Dasarahalli constituency is facing a  severe garbage disposal problem and also overflowing drainage lines.

The areas is covered with dust, damaged roads and potholes.  Even walking has become a challenge with the floating dust.

Dasarahalli constituency:

The state government brought 110 villages, or five zones -Mahadevapura, Rajarajeshwari Nagar, Dasarahalli, Byatarayanapura and Bommanahaklli -under the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP)

Dasarahalli is relatively a new constituency was formed during the 2007 delimitation exercise and went to its first polls in 2008. With eight wards including Peenya Industrial Area and T Dasarahalli, the constituency has a lot of villages.

The Dasarahalli constituency has a high floating population. Basic necessities such as drinking water and sanitation have not been provided to the lakhs of people residing in these areas.

Residents demand that water scarcity, traffic snarls, garbage management and lack of footpaths are to be tackled on priority.

The area is also suffering from shortage of medical facility.

According to the residents there is no coordination and accountability between the civic agencies.  The laying of water pipeline work by BWSSB is taking so long.  The area is reeling under water scarcity.

The water pipeline work started in 2017 to cover 110 villages totaling to 2600 kms. The officials of BWSSB states that 80% of work is completed.  Once the balance work is done the road repair work will commence.  The officials are proposing to finish the work by May 2019.