Downpour wreaks havoc across Mysuru city

Oct 16, 2017

Mysuru: Rain wreaked havoc in many parts of the city on Thursday as water entered houses of residents and shops at the Dasara exhibition.

Srirampura and Kanakagiri areas faced the brunt of the rain fury, as did Paduvarahalli and Doddakere where the Dasara exhibition is being held. Stall owners at the exhibition lost material and decided to shut shop on Friday in protest.

“We have suffered huge losses due to the rain. People are just not turning up at the venue. Thursday’s downpour has washed away items kept for sale resulting in huge losses for everyone,” said Dinesh, a stall owner.

Residents of Paduvarahalli were badly hit as water entered their homes and they had to wade through 5-ft deep water to get out. The Basavangudi Lake has been denotified where the authorities are constructing Maharani’s College and its hostel. “Since the lake has gone, we’ve been facing the same problem for the past four years,” said Santosh, a resident of the area.

“We’ve been suffering financial losses each time it rains. This time my wife Kalavati nearly drowned and my neighbours rescued her. She was unconscious and had to be rushed to hospital. We would have lost her if our neighbours hadn’t helped as I was not at home last night,” said Mohan Kumar, a resident.

Basavaraju, another resident who rescued four persons including Mohan’s wife, said, “Water started entering my home and I sent my wife and children to the first floor of my neighbour’s house. I heard Mohan’s niece Bhoomika screaming. A few students staying at a PG and I rescued them.”

Hema, another resident, accused MLA Vasu for not helping them. Hema, whose mother Shakuntala has been hospitalized, said, “MLA Vasu turned a deaf ear to our issues. We’ve been trying to reach him to get the problems solved but to no avail.”

Nagesh, manager of Mysore Steels, said, “Fire brigade and police personnel were just mute spectators. They never came forward to rescue us until the water levels came down. Sensing trouble, we managed to get out out the back door and saved our lives.”

MLA Vasu visited the site on Thursday after the downpour and interacted with residents even as mayor M J Ravi Kumar met residents on Friday and assured them of assistance.

Roads in bad shape

Mayor M J Ravi Kumar, who inspected the roads on Friday, instructed Mysore City Corporation (MCC) officials to take stock of the situation and attend to the problem. He was joined by MCC deputy commissioner B K Suresh Babu. “The potholes will be filled at the earliest. Road repair works will begin only after the rain subsides,” the mayor said.

He said, “Pothole repairs were taken up ahead of Dasara at a cost of Rs 1.25 crore. The constant rain during Dasara made it impossible to carry out road repairs.”

 Pointing out that the state government hasn’t granted money for road repairs, he said, “We have put forth our requirement of Rs 15 crore for road repairs. They approved Rs 10 crore which has still not been released.”

Stating that potholes will be filled, MCC deputy commissioner B K Suresh said, “We have started filling potholes to providing some relief to the public.”

The mayor visited areas that were waterlogged due to rainfall on Thursday. “The encroachment of rajakaluve needs to be looked into. The public should cooperate to clear it. Action will be taken against those who encroached upon the rajakalue,” the mayor said.

A survey of the rajakaluve will be completed by this month. It’s estimated that the rajakaluve has been encroached upon a lot in Yeletota, Kanakagiri, and J C Nagar areas, said B K Suresh.

Source: Times of India