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Updated: March 12, 2011 11:57 IST

Sloppy roadwork exposes pipeline

Staff Correspondent
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A road from Marnamikatta leading to Peris Bhat Compound was removed with the help of a Poclain without the sanctioned permission of City Corporation by thier officials resulted choking the rain water drain and the pipeline seen in the picture bursting in the midnight and the water flowing into the compound wall of a house having bakery at the back yard in Mangalore on Friday 11th March 2011. The same pipeline just 100 feet away burst in the midnight three days ago flooding the same house mentioned above. Photo: R.Eswarraj
The Hindu A road from Marnamikatta leading to Peris Bhat Compound was removed with the help of a Poclain without the sanctioned permission of City Corporation by thier officials resulted choking the rain water drain and the pipeline seen in the picture bursting in the midnight and the water flowing into the compound wall of a house having bakery at the back yard in Mangalore on Friday 11th March 2011. The same pipeline just 100 feet away burst in the midnight three days ago flooding the same house mentioned above. Photo: R.Eswarraj

Suresh Nair and his family members are worried that the water supply line near his house may burst and water will gush into their house at Marnamikatte. He has just removed the water and the silt that got accumulated early on Friday.

The cause of the problem is the haphazard laying of cement concrete road leaving the water supply line without any support.

This resulted in the pipe breaking and floods in Mr. Nair's house whose floor was below the road level.

“We had a nightmare when water started to accumulate around Thursday midnight,” Mr. Nair said. As the water logging increased, Mr. Nair called the Mangalore City Corporation and sought help. “It was attended around 2 a.m. when the water had accumulated to knee level (in the house),” he said. It took a long time for him to drain away the water and remove the accumulated silt, he said.

Mr. Nair said it all started three months ago when the authorities removed a portion of the road connecting the Paris Bhat compound residents with the Marnamikatta Circle.

The Paris Bhat compound residents were then connected to the road passing through Mr. Nair's house. This, Mr. Nair said, exposed the water supply line underneath the road that was removed.

On Wednesday, Mr. Nair's house was flooded when water gushed out at the farther end of the supply line. The water logging on Friday morning was because of the leakage of the water supply line near his house.

Following his complaint, Corporation Commissioner K.N. Vijayaprakash visited Mr. Nair's house on Friday. Mr. Nair said Dr. Vijayaprakash had assured him that a retaining wall would be built to support the water supply line and also prevent land slide during rainfall. Dr. Vijayaprakash did not answer calls made to him.

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