Heavy rains wreak havoc in Chikkaballapur taluk

Record rainfall of 109.2 mm in a span of just four hours

Srinivasa Sagara, the largest tank in the taluk and Kamareddyhalli tank in the hobli have breached. Water has collected to significant level in Gopalakrishna, Mustur and Manchanabele tanks.

Household articles have been damaged as the rain water gushed into houses in low-lying areas of New Bus Stand, Cocoon Market, Nakkalakunte, areas behind First Grade College and other locations. The new bus stand and first grade college building are virtually inundated with water. Buses were unable to approach the bus stand and were seen returning from Gauribidanur road itself. Since soil has been filled in the bus stand, the water has gushed into the houses located in front of the bus stand.

The narrow storm water drainages constructed in this locality have overflowed. Foodgrains stocked in houses are washed way by drain waters. Snakes and scorpions had entered along with water into some houses. Residents, blaming the City Municipality for the deluge, were busy in draining the water from the houses from early morning hours itself.

Water was collected in the class rooms and laboratories of the Government First Grade College on Gauribidanur thus hampering classes. The equipment in the laboratories were damaged and students were busy in ensuring order and recovering the equipment.

Farmlands inundated

On the other hand, rain water had entered into the the fields and garden on either side of National Highway 7. The soil deposited for the bypass work obstructed free flow of water. Ragi, jowar, vegetables and flower grown in Chokkahalli, Agalagurki, Vapasandra and command areas of Manchanabele tank have been damaged.

Gurumurthy, a farmer of Vapasandra, alleged that soil has been deposited for a height of eight to ten feet without making any provision for flow of water. Without any outlet, the water has entered into fields damaging crops.

He demanded that action should be initiated against the firm carrying out the work and construction of large storm water drains near the bypass. He also sought compensation for loss of crops.

Joint Director of Agriculture Department Nataraj, who visited the spot said that the damage could be minimised if steps are taken to drain the water from the fields.

Fertilisers damaged

Rainwaters that entered into a shop in Bagepalli town have damaged fertilisers worth Rs 1.50 lakh. Items worth thousands of rupees have been washed away as rain water gushed into the houses and shops located in low-lying areas of the town.

Heavy rain coupled with lightening and thunder lashed Srinivaspur and surrounding areas on Monday, restoring smiles on the farmers’ faces.

The rain has also brought new lease of life to the crops which otherwise would have withered away completely.

Ragi sprouts in the fields had begun to wither as the rain played truant till the day. Besides, the agricultural activities had come to stand still due to shortage of rains. Now, with the revival of monsoon, the agricultural activities have resumed in brisk pace.
With thundershowers lashing the villages, the farmers were seen busy looking for the labourers. It was a common sight in almost all the villages to see women from one village going to the fields in the neighbouring villages to assist their counterparts there.
Migration of the working class and shortage of labourers in the villages have forced the farmers to seek mutual assistance and co-operation among themselves to complete the agricultural activities in time.

When it rains there will be pressure on the farmers to complete the farming activities within a specific period.

Now, as most of the rural folk work under the rural employment guarantee shceme and other such schemes, there is sever shortage of labourers for agricultural activities.
The only way to bail out the farmers in such situation is co-operation among farmers.  Lakes and tanks in the regions have also filled, resolving the drinking water crisis.

DH News Service

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