☔ Learning lessons from the Bengaluru floods

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Chennai corporation is looking to learn lessons from Bengaluru’s recent rains and flooding.

What’s it about: Bengaluru has borne the brunt of heavy rains resulting in flooded streets. The floods were caused by 13 cm of rainfall. With the northeast monsoon season at least a month away, the Chennai corporation is preparing early. The corporation has estimated the number of motors needed based on the 20cm of rainfall the city got in late 2021.

  • The corporation will place the motors in hotspots ahead of the monsoon instead of after. 150 are ready to be deployed, with the remaining brought in by contractors.
  • These motors will be used at 600 flood-prone locations in Chennai. They’ll be used in low-level areas and subways. One of its motors can remove up to 11,700 litres of water a minute.

Action plan: Corporation Commissioner Gagandeep Singh said the Singara Chennai project is divided into two phases. They’re aiming to complete phase 1 by October. Among the areas of focus are T Nagar and Vadapalni.

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