The main rajakaluves (storm sewers), which had triggered massive flooding in Mangaluru in 2018, are being rejuvenated by Mangaluru City Corporation (MCC), at a total cost of Rs 65 crore.
Rainwater from rajakaluve flows into the sea. On May 29, 2018, rain wreaked havoc in Mangaluru, with major stormwater drains triggering artificial flooding in large parts of the city.
As the main roads had turned into swimming pools, boats were put into service to ferry people from low-lying areas to safety.
Low areas of Kottara Chowki, Malemar, Jeppinamogaru, Kodialbail and Kodialguthu experienced artificial flooding during the monsoon.
Now, MCC has drawn up plans to remove the silt from the rajakaluves and also build retaining walls, to control artificial flooding.
To rejuvenate the rajakaluves, suggestions from NITK Surathkal experts were also sought.
“MCC has requested a full expert report on how to avoid artificial flooding,” MCC Mayor Premananda Shetty said.
The funds released by the Department of Minor Irrigation will be used for the development of eight large rajakaluves before the onset of the monsoon. A work order has been issued to conduct a scientific investigation into the rajakaluves, he said.
A detailed project report will be prepared for the upgrading of the rajakaluves. Steps will be taken to develop them after getting government approval, he added.
MLA D Vedavyas Kamath said, “Citizens have faced many inconveniences over the past two years due to artificial flooding. To find a permanent solution, the government has sanctioned Rs 65 crore.”