Employees asked to work from home as Bengaluru remains submerged, schools switch to online mode
: As the Silicon Valley of India remains inundated after the heavy downpour affecting normal life, several companies and offices in the city asked their employees to work from home. Many parts of the city are waterlogged and the important roads are submerged. The traffic police also requested the residents not to step out of their homes.
Bigger companies including the food-tech service Swiggy and investment bank Goldman Sachs have asked their employees to work from their homes. Smaller companies and offices have also directed their staff to go into work-from-home mode.
Meanwhile, several schools in the city have turned to online mode again due to the flooding and damaged roads. More schools are expected to go online in the coming days.
“As the monsoon continues to wreak havoc on the city’s burdened and weakened infrastructure, we went back to online school this week. Internet & electricity shortages, treacherous, potholed roads and the ensuing traffic snarls are keeping our teachers and students home, but not without learning,” the Inventure Academy, a school in Whitefield said on Wednesday. Only a few months have passed since the school returned to regular mode from the covid-driven online education.
However, the employees and parents expressed their concern that the work-from-home mode and the online learning might not work well as the city is also witnessing frequent power cuts and loss of connectivity.
This is the second time in a week that Bengaluru is witnessing such severe waterlogging. An organisation of IT and banking companies had written to Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai saying that companies and establishments lost Rs 225 crore in a single day due to intense rains and subsequent flooding that happened last week.
Chief Minister Bommai, meanwhile said that the government will address the concerns raised by the companies and will discuss the compensation and other related damages that have been caused due to rain.