Overhead tank poses danger

The overhead tank on Old Fort premises in Madikeri is in a deplorable condition and slabs from its pillars have been falling off.

An overhead tank on Old Fort premises in Madikeri is in a deplorable condition and every time the visitors walk past it, they need to stay alert to avoid trouble.

The water tank supplies water to several layouts in Madikeri town. However, the roof and pillars of the tank have become weak. Water from the tank leaks daily.

Slabs from the pillars of the tank have been falling off and the iron rods have become visible. The residents have urged the CMC officials to take precautionary measures before any mishaps occur. 

The concrete overhead tank with 7.50 lakh litres capacity supplies water to Mysuru Road, Moornadu Road, Gauli beedi, Government bus shelter, Hosa Badavane, Brahmanara Beedi, and Pension lane.

If the tank collapses, it will affect the water supply to the residents as well. The urban local body should initiate precautionary measures immediately, demanded residents. 

The CMC had proposed to construct a 25 lakh litre capacity water tank at Stevert Hill. However, the proposal is yet to get a green signal owing to a row over space for the construction of the water tank. 

CMC Vice President T S Prakash said, “The CMC had proposed to repair the overhead tank a year ago. However, the work could not be initiated due to the hurdles posed by the Department of Archaeology and Museum.” 

Mahadevapete resident Roshan said, “The local organisations had taken up cleanliness drive in the Fort premises a few days ago. However, no efforts were made to clear the overhead tank which is posing a danger to the people.” 

“Hundreds of tourists visit Old Fort daily. In addition, several people visit Zilla Panchayat and court situated inside the Fort premises. The authorities should put up a board warning the people not to move near the overhead tank,” said auto driver Naveen. 

“Already cracks have appeared on the tank. The authorities should either repair it or clear the tank,” said Pensionlane resident B Poornima.

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