Bengaluru rains chaos: Office goers-worst affected; auto, cab fares soar

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Bengaluru, Nov 16: Rains in Bengaluru are a common thing to happen, even when the rainy season has gone. Although, it is winter season, but rain gods are still showering incessant downpour in the IT city.

It has been heavily raining in Bengaluru since Monday, Nov 9. Heavy rains completely ruined the entire festive mood of Diwali celebrations and even after a week, it is still on, with no signs of any respite soon and putting the city into a deep freeze mode.

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The worst-affected by these rains are office-goers, school and college students, besides other commuters.

Those who have work-from-home option, can still enjoy the rainy day by sitting back at home and continue with their official work. But this facility also comes with few cons, like intermittent power cuts and hence the internet connection problems.

In the meantime, those office-goers, who get no cab facilities, are left in the lurch. Due to rains, cabs and autos are also not booked easily. They are either unavailable or if you manage to find any cab, then they charge four times the normal fares!

Many disappointed commuters are left with no choice but to step out in search of autorickshaws and if you board a bus, then be ready to spend hours in the heavily jammed traffic.

Amit Rajput, an IT professional told OneIndia, "I tried booking a cab but it was charging Rs 700 from Jayangar to Bagmane Tech Park, in CV Raman Nagar area"

"Finally, I managed to hire an auto that charged Rs 260 (Rs 30 extra) and it took over two hours to cover a distance of 13 kms."

According to weather forecast by the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), it will continue to rain in Bengaluru and other parts of Karnataka for next three days and weather will remain inclement for next few days."

"Those who have cars can still protect themselves from the downpour and inundated water-clogged roads, but those having two-wheelers have to bear the brunt", Rashmi Subramanian, an HR professional, working in an IT company at MG Road lamented.

At the weekend, worried Bengalureans were seen rushing to buy umbrellas and raincoats, in an attempt to make their travel hassle-free.

Meanwhile, Bengalureans are venting out their feelings on Twitter. Here are some tweets:

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