Sunday, October 06, 2019

Kempegowda International Airport's second runway floods villages

Bengaluru: Residents and farmers of five villages around the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) are furious at becoming collateral damage in the run-up to the construction of the second runway. Reason: Slushy rainwater is gushing into their farms and localities.

Resident s of Mylanahalli, Hunachur, Singahalli, Kadayarapanahalli and Huvinayakanahalli villages allege that over 100 acres of farm land has been inundated with rainwater flowing from the second runway which is scheduled to become fully operational by this December. They recently knocked on the doors of former minister and Byatarayanapura MLA Krishna Byregowda seeking his help. He visited the villages on Friday and met BIAL authorities to find a solution.
Byregowda told STOI: "Before construction of the second runway, rain water would percolated into the ground. After soil embankment work at the runway construction site, storm water drains around have filled up with silt. As a result, rain water is gushing into villages and farms in the vicinity."

He added: "The top priority is to desilt 2.5km of the rajakaluve (storm water drain) and ensure that rainwater from the runway side enters the nearby Singahalli Lake. BIAL authorities have agreed to desilt and build retaining walls for the storm water drain. With this, we will not only prevent flooding of farms but also ensure that water reaches the lake and the water table in the area improves."
06/10/19 Swathi Iyer/Times of India

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