Heavy torrential rainfall has turned Bengaluru— India’s ‘Silicon Valley’ into a lake of sorts. Bangaloreans had to face a harrowing time as several residential areas in the IT city were waterlogged owing to heavy rains, prompting authorities to send rafts to evacuate people. The most affected areas are said to be Bellandur, Sarjapura Road, Whitefield, Outer Ring Road, and BEML Layout. Bengaluru IT companies suffered a lost of ₹225 crore on August 30 as their employees were stuck in the traffic for around five hours in heavy flood situation that brought the city down on its knees that day. The Outer Ring Road Companies Association had written to chief minister Basavaraj Bommai on September 01 about the loss and the urgent need to redevelop the infrastructure of the city. President of the ORRCA, Manas Das and Vice-President, Archana Tayade told the Mint, “ORR IT generates revenue of USD 22 billion per annum, which is 32 per cent of Bengaluru’s revenue, and is the highest tax contributor”.
The inadequate infrastructure on ORR has now reached a crisis-level. Even though only 30 per cent of ORR population has returned to working from office, the collapse of the infrastructure has drawn global concern over the city of Bengaluru’s ability to handle further growth.