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Bengaluru floods: IT minister meets tech; CM seeks help from Centre


After unprecedented rains lashed large parts of Bengaluru, the Karnataka government sprang into action with CN Ashwath Narayan, Minister for Electronics, Information Technology and Biotechnology, meeting with executives of several IT companies on Wednesday.

The Minister discussed with the industry leaders the problems faced by the businesses due to the floods following the incessant rains which resulted in loss of productivity.

Representatives from Infosys, Wipro, TCS, Mphasis, NASSCOM, Intel and others attended the meeting held at Vidhan Soudha

The areas where most of the technology companies are located – Outer Ring Road (ORR), Sarjapur Road, Bellandur and Whitefield – were inundated and various campuses were inundated. Employees were stuck in a traffic jam for long hours. Visuals of employees riding tractors to work have also gone viral on social media.

The Outer Ring Road Companies Association (ORRCA) estimated that companies suffered a loss of Rs 225 crore in a single day when employees were stuck in traffic for five hours.

Bengaluru experienced heavy downpours last week. On Sunday, the city received 131.6 mm of rainfall in 24 hours, making it the third-highest single-day rainfall ever recorded in the city. The incessant downpour has led to severe flooding and damage to infrastructure.

WFH announced for employees

According to reports, Wipro and TCS have asked their employees in Bengaluru to work from home. However, the companies said there was no impact on business.

Wipro has launched business continuity plans and said it is closely monitoring the situation. TCS also said the situation is under control and delivery teams have been advised to exercise due care.

The CM seeks equitable relief from the Centre

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bomai urged the central government to pay fair compensation as per the central guidelines. He said the state government has prepared an assessment of the rain damage.

This came after Bommai held a meeting with the central assessment team headed by Union Home Ministry Joint Secretary Ashish Kumar. The damage caused by incessant rains in the last two months in Chitradurga, Hassan, Chikmagalur, Haveri, Dharwad and other areas was discussed. Bomai said a proposal regarding the damage done in the last week alone would be submitted immediately.

Yesterday, the Chief Minister announced an emergency relief package of Rs 600 crore to deal with the rain. 300 crore has been allocated to Bengaluru alone to restore damaged infrastructure. The government said Rs 500 crore has been allocated twice since November for repairs.

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September 7, 2022

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