BBMP seeks World Bank help to tackle flood
The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has decided to seek support from the World Bank for taking up various projects aimed at mitigating urban floods in the future.
BBMP Chief Commissioner Tushar Giri Nath said, “The WB is focussing on problems arising out of climate change across the globe. Currently, the WB team is visiting Bengaluru. We are in discussions on how to take the partnership further and it may be in the form of providing loans and various projects.”
According to him, Karnataka’s Chief Secretary Vandita Sharma has highlighted to the WB team how we are facing both droughts as well as urban floods. “We need to see how we can seek financial assistance from WB. For this, we need to identify the projects first. As of now, we have taken the WB team to inspect the Koramangala valley. The biggest challenge is to stop the flow of sewage to Koramangala valley. We have been successful in fixing the issue till Bellandur but beyond that it is a challenge. So, we are planning to discuss with BWSSB on taking up diversion of sewage especially in the village limits. Based on the WB report, we will submit a plan to WB via State and Central governments.”
Bengaluru’s first water way project at Koramangala has been designed on the lines of Sabarmati water way (Gujarat) at a cost of Rs 175 crore. The big challenge for BBMP was to plug the sewage flow into this. BBMP claims that the either sides of the Rajakaluve will be remodelled on a European styled pathway. According to BBMP, the works will include providing and remodelling of existing retaining walls at critical locations to facilitate the waterway project.
According to a Guide to Climate Change Adaptation in Cities, a report by the World Bank, “Cities face significant impacts from climate change, both now and into the future. These impacts have potentially serious consequences for human health, livelihoods, and assets, especially for the urban poor, informal settlements, and other vulnerable groups. Climate change impacts range from an increase in extreme weather events and flooding to hotter temperatures and public health concerns…”
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