RAIN RAIN GO AWAY, COME AGAIN ANOTHER DAY
The recent rains in Bangalore have wrecked havoc, including loss of precious / budding lives. Thanks to clogged drains, constructions on storm water drains, encroachments on low lying areas ( which were once serene lakes ), scant respect for rules and regulations. Havoc during the rainy season, is a repeat performance year after year, just like a replay of an exciting cricket match.
Whileit is unfair to criticiseonly the establishment / Corporation for the mess, ithas to be accepted that lessons are never learnt from the previous experience.With the end of the rainy season, the hardships faced are forgotten , to be remembered only on the onset ofthe next rainy season . If the authoritiesconcerned are a little proactive, the misery can be reduced to agreat extent. “PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE”, “ A STITCH IN TIME SAVES NINE”, are the placards / boards that need to adorn on the walls of all the rooms in the CorporationOffice.
Enoughof blaming the establishment .Are we too not responsible for the clogged drains? We throw anything and everything in the drain, from water bottles, tubes /tyres, old clothes, books, boxes. The list is endless. This is an easy way out and the “educated class “ is also equally responsible for this mess.
Thecondition of the roads in Bangalore hardly needs notbe explained, it has to be experienced. Alongwith the various “Bhagya” Schemes, the Government has implemented, the“POT HOLES Bhagya “ which is widely implemented in all parts of Bangalore. The Governmenttis TOTALLY impartial in this Schemeas all Bangaloreans are the beneficiaries irrespective of caste, creed, religion, economic status.
Iwould personally equate the durability of the new laid roads in Bangalore to the intensity of rainfall. This is my own “Thumb Rule” assessment, not to beseen in any books / magazines / articles..
INTENSITY OF RAINFALL
DURABILITY OF THE ROADS
Ifit is a combination – from slight drizzle to heavy rainfall- the roads would probably last for about 45days to 60 days.
And…why do the old trees fall during heavyrainfall?? With the concrete junglespreading everywhere, there is not enough water for the well entrenchedroots, which become weak over aperiod of time. We are directly or indirectly responsible for the uprooting oftrees. Nature does take its revenge by taking a life or two in the process. Notto take shelter under a big tree duringheavy rainfall - is what we should allremember.
Don’tventure out, don’t be adventurous whenthe sky has dark clouds. Discretion isthe better part of valour. You may miss out an appointment, a wedding, aparty—but its worth to be safe andsecure inside your abode.
By-SHIVA SHANKAR. M. RAO