Bengaluru: Deluge mayhem - 500 bridges, 16,000 km road destroyed in state

Daijiworld Media Network - Bengaluru (MS)

Bengaluru, Aug 14: Many areas have suffered extensive damage due to the incessant rains that lashed many districts of north Karnataka, Malnad and Coastal regions of the state. Resolving the issues created by the flood is the biggest challenge the Chief Minister (CM) of the state B S Yediyurappa is facing at the moment.

As many as 21 bridges in 30 districts of the state have got damaged. Due to this the connection between towns and villages is completely broken. It is not possible to assess the exact extent of damage that is caused by the deluge. However, according to the primary survey, around 16,400 km long roads are damaged. Out of which, 2,400 km of roads are completely destroyed, which need to be constructed newly.

It is not possible to run vehicles on 253 bridges in the state. Locals have to cover an additional distance of 20 to 50 km because of no access through these bridges. According to Guruprasad, secretary of PWD department, the officials of the PWD department are trying to connect the roads by using the mixture of powdered stones.

Guruprasad further said, "Sand bags are laid on the bridges which are broken. The PWD needs Rs 1,500 crore to complete all the work. However, the level of water has not receded in many places. Hence, it is not possible to assess the damage in those areas. The exact information will be known in few days’ time. Huge amount of money is required to repair the basic infrastructure."

This deluge is the biggest for the year 2019. North Karnataka, Malnad and coastal region have suffered the most due to the incessant rains and the subsequent floods that followed. As of Tuesday, August 13, 54 people have died and 15 are still missing. As many as 6.77 lac people of 100 taluks are shifted to safer places. According to NDRF, 2,217 villages are affected due to the deluge.

A bridge that was built at a cost of Rs 4.5 crores, just six months ago, at Khanapur of Belagavi got washed away in the deluge. The quality of work is also in question now.


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  • Sunil Pinto, Dubai/ Udupi

    Thu, Aug 15 2019

    Even developing countries like Malaysia or Brazil get torrential rains or landslides, but the impact of devastation on roads and infrastructure is kept to a minimum, because of their forward thinking public officials unlike our ego driven, money grubbing callous illiterates here...

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  • Evans C. Sumitra, Udupi/ New York, USA.

    Thu, Aug 15 2019

    I fully agree with your comments and this exactly what is happening.

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  • Save My India, India.

    Thu, Aug 15 2019

    Yeddy is the cause of this tragedy.

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  • ca girishkk, m'lore/dxb

    Wed, Aug 14 2019

    A bad omen....!!!!

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  • SmR, Karkala

    Wed, Aug 14 2019

    The BJP illicit government of CM Yedurappa through horse-trading and undemocratic government proved to be 'curse' for the state.

    The party is always blaming 70 years past of the previous government. Let's see how many among the 500 bridges and 16,000 km roads without any toll gate system is going to be constructed to the worlds best-constructed standard that can withstand future floods, earthquake or erosion due to vehicular movement?

    Ab ki Baar Modi Sarkar already governing India, let's wait and watch how many years does it take to rebuild the ruins?

    Jai Hind

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  • Desmond Nazareth, mangalore

    Wed, Aug 14 2019

    increase taxes, so we can work hard to pay engineers to create substandard work and get paid for it

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  • Evans C. Sumitra, Udupi/ New York, USA.

    Thu, Aug 15 2019

    Desmond Nazareth, Mangalore, What a mind blowing comment?

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  • Alwyn, Mangalore

    Wed, Aug 14 2019

    Yeddi, it is your time to make money. Pretty soon, Nitin Gadkari will be the richest person in the world soon.

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