There is no area in Bangalore today where rainwater directly seeps into the ground except a few parks like Lalbagh and Cubbon Park. Almost all roads are cemented or tarred. Natural lakes and ponds have become foundations for huge residential apartments and commercial complexes.
Rain harvesting pit in Jayanagar
BBMP has miserably failed in managing rainwater. The idea of having a 12 feet deep pits reinforced with concrete rings in storm water drains is good but is shabbily executed in Jayanagar.
BBMP officials should have ensured that the rainwater enters the drain and reaches the rainwater harvesting pit. If this exercise was done, the amount of money, time and energy spent would have been worth it. The recently constructed puts have developed cracks and may turn out unsuccessful.
The holes meant for water to seep inside the pit are blocked by garbage, due to lack of maintenance.
Every pit is numbered. There are a few places where numbers are painted on the compound walls but there is no sign of the pit. This gives room for suspicion that they may not exist at all.