Collapsed portion of side wall at KRS Dam restored
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Collapsed portion of side wall at KRS Dam restored

July 20, 2021

A warning bell, says Mandya MP Sumalatha

Mysore/Mysuru: The minor side wall collapse under the Krishna Raja Sagar (KRS) Reservoir pedestrian ramp path on the way from KRS Dam to Brindavan Gardens and Cauvery statue has been restored. 

The collapse occurred on Sunday night and the restoration work was completed within 24 hours before any further damage and public outcry. More than 30 stones adjacent to the wall of the steps had collapsed and now new stones, cement and a fresh layer of wall has been built to restore it back to the original shape. 

Additional Chief Secretary of Water Resources Department Rakesh Singh, Managing Director of Cauvery Neeravari Nigam Limited K. Jaiprakash and other officers were present when the restoration took place. 

Officials have already clarified that there is no threat to the Dam as the wall collapse occurred 11.5 metres from the main body of the Dam. The pedestrian ramp as well as the vehicle ramp had been built around the same time as KRS Dam was built. 

Considering the safety of the pedestrian ramp, entry of tourists was banned through this walkway and even vehicle entry was restricted. Officials said that the collapse would have occurred due to wear and tear and also heavy rain that has been  lashing in the region since a week. 

A red alert: Sumalatha 

Meanwhile, Mandya MP Sumalatha Ambarish, who had voiced concern about the Dam safety due to rampant stone quarrying and blasting activities in nearby areas, described the incident as a ‘red alert’. 

In a press release, she stated that as a responsible elected representative of Mandya she had raised the issue of threat to the Dam. “I had to receive a lot of flak from various quarters and officials too claimed that there was no threat. Now that a part of the wall near the Dam has collapsed, it is a clear sign of the threat to the Dam in the coming days,” she opined.

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Later speaking to reporters, the Mandya MP said that it is not possible to construct such a Reservoir in the near future. “This is a warning bell. KRS may be safe now, but it should be safe in future as well. It is our responsibility to save the Dam,” she said and alleged that officers were giving false information and urged the State Government to take the incident seriously. 

3 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “Collapsed portion of side wall at KRS Dam restored”

  1. K Sridhar says:

    People of Mysuru must raise their voices against the illegal quarrying in and around the KRS dam. Its not so much for the heritage value of the dam but to ensure that the dam remains strong and also to ensure safety of the people living downstream from the dam. Mandya administration cannot turn a blind eye to the illegal quarrying and must take serious action against the culprits.

  2. Satyanna says:

    If illegal quarrying is really taking place, then why the Hon’ble Chief Minister Mr. Yediyurappa is keeping quiet over this serious matter. I really wonder and this is shocking. I strongly think that many parties are involved in this matter. Nobody bothers till something serious happens. I wish let it not happen. It is high time they should stop this quarrying, if it is really illegal. Let the ALMIGHTY protect the KRS & surroundings.

  3. Shankar says:

    @Stayanna
    Almighty in this case is Karnataka High Court! Prayers should be in the form of PIL…

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