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River taken for dead for 30 years floods Bengaluru area | India News


BENGALURU: Facts Dakshina Pinakini The river had been dry for three decades and was taken away as a corpse. It came to life and broke through the shore on Wednesday, submerging a section of busy Channasandra Main Road near Bengaluru’s technology corridor under a four-metre whirlpool.
The overflowing river emphasized rainfall in its catchment area and in the city over a short period of time. Torrential rains since last weekend have caused major flooding in large areas of Bengaluru, including high-end residential areas.
The cataclysm disrupted traffic on Channasandra Main Road, which began at Hope Farm Interchange near Whitefield and connected via Koralur to Hoskote and Malur. The road is surrounded by more than 25 villages that are gradually turning into residential areas for people working in the technology field. The roads bring vegetables and fuel to the city every day.
“We haven’t seen the river flow like this in 30 years. It is quite dangerous. The local police and members of the gram panchayat decided not to allow two-wheelers and light motor vehicles on the road until the water receded,” said Sonnegowda, a resident of nearby Bhodhanahosahalli.
Trucks and buses were allowed in later in the afternoon after the flooding subsided a bit.
The Dakshina Pinakini originates near the Nandi Hills and flows through Chikkaballapur, Hoskote, Kadugodi, Sarjapur and Malur before meeting the discharge waters from Bellandur and Varthur lake to enter Tamil Nadu.
The river has dried up as far as Malur in the last two decades and its existence has been almost forgotten. Although some environmental groups have tried to revive the river in the past, successive governments have ignored it.
How did the river go from dry to cracked? Arun Kumar of Samethanahalli explains: “It is raining heavily in Chikkaballapur and Kolar districts. As a result, the water was flowing towards Yele Mallappa Lake Shetty and Lake Hoksote on the outskirts of Bengaluru. Since both of these lakes are full, their water flows into the river.”
Arun Kumar, a farmer in the area, called the flood a wake-up call for everyone. “We have to make sure there is no encroachment along the river.”





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