As Bengaluru battled heavy flooding, Siddaramaiah and co were busy at a canteen
The city of Bengaluru was battered by rains. In fact rains that hit the city on Tuesday and Wednesday was the highest recorded in the past 127 years. People complained of flooding and it was clear that the government had not undertaken any work to tackle flooding.
However, the Chief Minister and his men had better things to do such as inaugurate a canteen in the name of Indira Gandhi. When one thought that the canteen work was over and the CM and his men would oversee the problem, off they were to Delhi to discuss the Cabinet expansion.
People in areas which were worst affected by the rains waited all day for officials to help oversee work to pump out the water. However the fact that Rahul Gandhi was in town to inaugurate the Indira Canteen gave officials a reason to stay away.
After the canteen work was over, on Wednesday evening, chief minister Siddaramaiah, Bengaluru development minister K J George, KPCC president G Parameshwara among others left with Rahul Gandhi to Delhi to discuss the Cabinet expansion. The Mayor of Bengaluru too Padmavathi kept herself busy with the canteen work.
Areas such as Madiwala, Koramangala and Ejipura were the worst affected. People complained about the stench. Toxic foam rose from the Bellandur lake owing to heavy rainfall as a result of which the situation became unbearable for residents.
People were seen undertaking work to pump out the water on their own. The residents without the help of officials busy with canteen work has to undertake this work themselves as the water had entered their homes. In many areas, residents complained about garbage coming on to the streets which only added to the unbearable stench.
The people also complained that several calls to the corporation yielded no results. When one drove through the area where the canteen was being inaugurated, snarling traffic jams is what one got to experience. The police and the entire battery of officials were on the roads doing everything to ensure that they were near the canteen, but nowhere close to the areas affected by floods. It appeared as though the entire state machinery starting right from the Chief Minister had nothing other than the canteen in mind.