Fear of inundation gives sleepless nights to residents

A view of Muliya Layout near FMKMC College in Madikeri.

Fear of inundation by rain gives sleepless nights to residents in Muliya, Vidyanagar and Subrahmanya layouts during monsoon.

As the monsoon is fast approaching, the residents are worried over their future. 

The heavy rainfall which lashed Kodagu last August had completely inundated the layouts and the residents are waiting for a permanent solution to solve their woes. 

Due to the availability of water sources, there was a high demand for the layouts in the past. Each cent of land had fetched Rs 6 lakh to Rs 7 lakh. But after constructing the houses, the residents are living in fear. 

The residents said, “Water enters our houses during monsoon. Several walls of the houses have already developed cracks and we are cursing ourselves for constructing houses.”

The retaining wall of the rajakaluve (stormwater drain) had collapsed during the heavy rain last year. The drain gets filled even for a light shower. Poor quality of works on road and drains were taken up in the layout, complained residents. 

Muliya Layout resident Sanju Acchaiah said, “With the overflowing of the stormwater drain, the water enters our houses along with a heap of garbage. Several houses are facing the threat this year also. The CMC should construct a retaining wall to the rajakaluve before the onset of rain.”

Vidyanagara resident K P Ganesh said, “All the electronic goods have been damaged with water entering the houses. We had applied for compensation. However, none of the residents has received the compensation so far.” 

Another resident P N Basappa said, “Compensation was paid for the damage to electronic goods and other household articles in the rain in Kushalnagar. However, the residents in Madikeri are yet to get the compensation.” 

Muliya and Vidyanagara residents have warned off boycotting the Lok Sabha and CMC elections due to the failure of authorities to distribute compensation even after seven months of the natural disaster that hit Kodagu.

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