Mangaluru: Recent cases of artificial flooding in the city have prompted the mangaluru Municipal Corporation (CMC) to conduct a study. The main objective is to find the causes of the floods and develop plans to find permanent solutions. Recent heavy rains have led to flooding in many places, mainly due to the lack of proper storm drains. Mayor Premanand Shetty sought advice from the corporations in this regard and agreed to take action.
In addition, the municipality has also prepared an action plan to undertake immediate works to restore roads, storm drains and walls that have been recently damaged by rain.
Shetty said the city has received heavy rains for the past 10 days and several areas have witnessed artificial flooding, landslides and damage to the walls of major storm drains and roads. Several houses were also damaged due to the heavy rains. MCC officials have already prepared a preliminary action plan to restore all damaged infrastructure. In addition, the action plan was also discussed with the corporators of the respective districts and asked them to include works that are not mentioned therein. A final proposal will be submitted to the district administration, asking for sanctions under the natural disaster management fund, the mayor said. “The companies have suggested that a thorough study be carried out to determine the reason for the artificial flooding in the city. Furthermore, they also demanded that measures be taken to prevent such cases in the city in the future. Appropriate measures in this regard will be taken,” the mayor said.
The authorities have been urged to immediately begin the desilting works for all major and minor storm drains, to prevent flooding in the city. “The officials have been asked to undertake work in coordination with the corporators of the respective districts. The officials of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), railways, forestry and fire departments and emergency services will be invited to the next general meeting of the MCC Councilto discuss various development works that are being undertaken in the city in an unscientific way,” he said.