Rains in India are really a sight to behold. By sight to behold, I mean, it can be beautiful and/or ugly, depending on how you look at it. Out in the countryside, it looks all so pretty with water and greenery everywhere, but in cities and towns, most commuters would agree with me that it is an ugly sight, well, most of the time at least.
Irrespective of how one looks at rain, rain near the Bellandur lake always means chaos and it always leads to a horrible experience for those who have to pass through the area. Bellandur is a suburb located in the south-eastern part of Bengaluru, which is a major metro in South India, and Bellandur is infamous for its polluted lake.
The Bellandur lake has been in the news one too many times for being severely polluted, and the high amount of toxic waste in the region always causes the lake to foam. Now, when it rains, the water level rises and the foam from the lake gets out and onto the road surrounding the lake. This effect increases as the rains increase.
For those who didn't know, In the early hours, on August 15, Bengaluru received its highest rainfall in a single day since 1890. That's a whopping 127 years. What that did to a city which once had more than 600 lakes was catastrophic to an extent. Low-lying areas and areas constructed on dried up lake-beds in the city were all flooded.
The 128.7mm of rainfall saw roads becoming car pools(quite literally) and small scooters were all underwater in a few areas and what it did to the Bellandur lake was even worse. Increase in water levels led to increased foaming, and the froth generated all spilt out onto the roads, sometimes even swallowing cars. Thankfully though, the froth/foam did not have enough mass to carry the vehicles away.
The frothing is attributed to the high amount of industrial waste and untreated sewage being dumped into the lake for years. These have mixed together, forming a deadly cocktail of chemicals, and what is shocking is that, the frothing has caught fire in the past, making it more dangerous than it already is.
The Chief Minister of the state, Siddaramaiah commented on the issue that, the Government is taking all necessary action and that the issue will be solved in one or two years. Now, it is very likely that the one or two years might become even four or five years. But what do us as citizens do till then? All we can do is, take precautions and drive cautiously.
Precautions to be taken while driving/riding in froth/foam:
The most important thing to do is - not panic. Panicking leads to muscles stiffening up, and this in turn leads to delayed response time. If the rider/driver is not relaxed, he/she will not have the flexibility to manoeuvre away from any unexpected obstacle.
The froth.foam is light and its mass is just a little higher than air, so the froth is blown away even with a little wind. This can be witnessed at the Bellandur lake, as the toxic foam is seen flying around everywhere. If the foam gets into the eyes of a person, it can cause burning and irritation since it is toxic in nature. Hence it is suggested that driver roll up windows of the car, riders close the visor on their helmet and pedestrians in the area cover their eyes with glasses.
Precautions to be taken while driving/riding in the rain:
Well, we have already put out a detailed list of precautions to be taken while riding in the rain. Most of these tips apply to driving too, as the principles are the same.
The Government and the Civic authorities are only partly to be blamed for the situation at the Bellandur lake in Bangalore. The citizens and the industries in the area are also responsible for the same. The problem would eventually be solved, but till then, we are responsible for our safety while riding or driving through the area.