The plight of India’s flooded tech capital is striking. But Bengaluru’s predicament is unfortunately not unique.

Source– The post is based on the article “The plight of India’s flooded tech capital is striking.But Bengaluru’s predicament is unfortunately not unique” published in The Indian Express on 8th September 2022.

Syllabus: GS3- Disaster and disaster management

Relevance– About flooding in Indian cities

News-The article explains about the recent flooding in Bengaluru and reasons that led to the current predicament.

The official blamed extreme weather conditions and state government blamed unplanned development and maladministration for current situation.

These types of scenes were witnessed earlier in other cities of India like Kochi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Chennai.

What are the reasons behind these flooding events?

A large number of wetland that soaked up the rainwater has been encroached. Corrupt Civic bodies are responsible for it.

There is poor management of the urban water drainage system. CAG pulled up Bengaluru municipality for this poor management.

Urban local bodies complain about lack of resources and low municipal tax rates. But truth is that civic bodies are guilty of impropriety in the use of resources. The CAG also found that the Bengaluru municipality did not maintain proper records of the stormwater management funds allotted to it under the JNNURM. It also noted the lack of coordination between the municipality and the Bangalore Development Authority on drainage-related matters.

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