Tractor rides to reach office: New experience for techies in Bengaluru

Basavaraj Bommai, the chief minister of Karnataka, has told IT firms that a conversation will be held over the anticipated loss of 225 crore caused by rain and waterlogging in Bengaluru.

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Updated6 Sep 2022
Waterlogging led to traffic jams and disruptions in the lives of normal people in several parts of Bengaluru. (Photo: ANI)
Waterlogging led to traffic jams and disruptions in the lives of normal people in several parts of Bengaluru. (Photo: ANI)

Many IT employees in Bengaluru used tractors to go to work. India's silicon valley had major waterlogging as a result of ongoing, torrential rains. On September 5, a large number of regional workers for IT businesses commuted by tractor. The city's IT workers are completely unfamiliar with riding tractors.

"We cannot take so many leaves from the office, our work is getting affected. We are awaiting tractors to drop us for 50," a woman working in an IT firm told ANI.

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Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has informed IT companies that a discussion will be had over the estimated loss of 225 crore brought on by rain and waterlogging in Bengaluru. He committed to getting in touch with them to talk about the damages and compensation they were forced to pay for as a result of the flooding and rain in the state capital.

"We will call the IT companies and speak with them related to the issues that they are facing due to waterlogging. We will also discuss the compensation and other related damages that have been caused due to rain," Bommai told ANI.

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It comes in response to the chief minister's plea for IT companies to provide a solution to the outer ring road issue. Waterlogging created traffic jams and disruptions to daily life for common people in several locations of Bengaluru. According to a resident of the Koramangala neighbourhood, waterlogging had happened as a result of the intense rain, making driving very difficult.

Waterlogging at the entrance of Wipro Technologies at Sarjapur after heavy monsoon rains, in Bengaluru, on Monday, Sept. 5, 2022. (PTI Photo)

The basements of many buildings, including shops and residences, were flooded in the city.

"Too much rain has taken place. We woke up in the morning and saw that waterlogging had started. Water on the road had come up to the level of the divider. After that, we started pumping water out of the road and basement. My whole basement has got submerged under water," a local resident told ANI.

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A local said, "It happens whenever it rains. It has been raining heavily this year. Those who have shops in basements are in trouble."

Another resident claimed that because of a subpar drainage system, they have to pump out water on a yearly basis.

"This happens every year, waterlogging takes place after the rain and we have to pump out water. There is no permanent solution. When the road was being made, the drainage system wasn't prepared well. It leads to many difficulties for the public, many women have actually slipped and fallen into the water," a local said.

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Karnataka saw significant flooding earlier in July as a result of rain, which required the execution of rescue operations and relief efforts. Additionally, CM Bommai had to ask the Centre for financial support.

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