Bengaluru: In Koramangala, rainwater mixed with sewage flowed like river and most of the roads were flooded with thigh-deep waters on Friday night. Hundreds of vehicles were stranded for over two hours.
Thousands of Bengalureans, who throng famous eateries in Koramangala during weekends, had a torrid time as they were stuck in traffic jams. Those who had stepped out of offices too could not take out their vehicles and head home.
Gaurav Nagar and Shreyas Colony in J.P. Nagar too faced severe flooding.
“Traffic was thrown out of gear as water level rose over two feet. Even footpaths had knee deep waters,” said Neeraj Malve, a software engineer.
“Though Koramangala is a plush locality, the drainage system here is pathetic. Every time it rains, the drains get clogged and sewage water flows onto the road," he said.
"I had gone to a restaurant in Koramangala 4th Block and cars were not entering the bylanes as the water level was nearly 2 feet. People wanted to get away and drive to places where there was no water, but the entire area was flooded. Civic authorities are aware of these issues, but are not doing anything to prevent clogging," he said.
Simran, who was on her way back home from Residency Road to Koramangala, was stuck in her car in 2-feet high water for over one hour. Soon, her car broke down and it had to be towed away by a service centre vehicle.
At the service centre, she saw many other car owners too complaining of cars breaking down midway. "I had already paid Rs 3,000 for towing the car and I don't know how much more it will cost to repair the car," she said.
He conquers a drain
A 35-year-old rider, Yeshudas, who was pushing his bike on a slushy road, slipped and fell into a 30-foot drain along with his bike in L.R. Nagar in Anepalya on Saturday morning. He swam through the drain water and reached the banks safely.
Yeshudas had picked up his son from school and was going to drop him at home. As he could not ride through the road, which was filled with mud after Friday night's rain, he had gotten down from the bike and was pushing his two-wheeler.
Luckily, he had asked his son to get down from the bike and walk next to him. The fire and emergency services lifted his bike from the drain later....