BJP chief blames IT companies for floods and crisis situation in Bangalore

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Bangalore, September 8 (IANS): On Thursday, Karnataka BJP chief NR Ramesh held IT companies responsible for the floods and crisis situation that arose following heavy rains in Bengaluru.

Bangalore received 899mm of rain in the last 3 months. This is the maximum rainfall of the last 50 years. “Companies are threatening the state government that they will have to be transferred to Telangana State. Telangana State is known as a Naxal prone state. Companies and employees will not be able to survive a single day” , said Ramesh.

Reacting to the warning given by IT companies through organizations that they would move to Telangana, Ramesh maintained that they could not operate in the state of Telangana which is subject to Naxal.

Ramesh, Chairman of BJP of Bengaluru South, has responded to former Infosys executive and TV entrepreneur Mohandas Pai’s “Save Bengaluru” campaign in an open letter. He criticized Mohan Das Pai’s attempt to tarnish Bengaluru’s image in times of crisis by writing a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and campaigning on the flood situation.

“You (Mohan Das Pai) have been running the ‘Save Bengaluru’ campaign for 10-15 days, you have been writing letters to Prime Minister Modi and others. A social media campaign is also going on. You said that IT and BT companies are planning to move to Telangana state due to flooding.In 1999, especially in Mahadevapura, Bommanahalli areas, thousands of companies started operating.The main reason being that Bengaluru was scientifically built above 3,000 feet from sea level by then-ruler Nadaprabhu Kempe Gowda,” he said.

“Other reasons are the gentle and cordial nature of the people of Bangalore. In 1999 and 2004, for the benefit of IT and BT companies, the government did not collect tax for the installation of OFC conduits on 4,500 kilometers of roads “, did he declare. said.

The government did not charge for digging the roads and spent Rs 3,000 crore to provide free services at that time. Mohan Das Pai seems to have forgotten this fact, Ramesh explained.

“We want to point out to you that IT companies and BT are also responsible for the flood situation in Bangalore. In writing a letter to PM Modi, IT companies through their organizations have acted in such a way that it turned out to be a black mark on the image of the globally recognized city, which is also the only city to be built scientifically,” he said.

“79 technology parks under Outer Ring Road Business Association, over 250 IT and BT companies under Electronic City Industry Association, over 100 technology companies in Mahadevapura encroached on storm drains at the time Infosys, Wipro, Biocon, Tech Mahindra, Tata Power, Bosch, IBM, TCS, HP and all the other companies in electronics city have completely encroached on or reduced storm drains,” did he declare.

“Knowing all these facts well, attempts are being made to tarnish the image of the city. To escape tax at the BBMP, as part of the self-declaration of the property tax regime, a separate commune was created in the name of the commune. Companies are required to pay Rs 300 to Rs 400 crore as property tax. After getting all the amenities from government agencies like BBMP, BWSSB, IT companies evaded Rs 400 crore in tax,” he said.

Currently, 3,758 IT companies, 92 BT companies and 79 technology parks are operating in Bangalore. More than Rs 2 lakh crore transaction is done every year. According to CSR rules, companies should have spent more than Rs 2,500 crore on CSR activities. IT companies spent a few Rs 10 crores, he alleged.

Don’t threaten the government, if IT companies and BT remove their encroachments, there will be a permanent solution to the flood crisis in Bangalore. Instead of blackmailing, behave sensibly and responsibly, Ramesh urged.

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