Chinna Chowk, Mrutyunjayakunyta, Bhagyanagar Colony, Jayanagar Colony, NGO Colony and parts of Sankarapuram in Kadapa city were water-logged due to heavy rainfall for the second successive day on Tuesday.

While the drains overflowed in these areas, water entered several houses posing hardships to the people. Water was stagnant at Apsara circle causing hardships to pedestrians as well as motorists. These areas get water-logged frequently due to encroachments of drains preventing flow of water.

Collector K. Sasidhar inspected the stagnant water at Apsara circle, damaged drains and inundated NGO Colony and directed Kadapa Municipal Corporation officials to drain out the water with the help of pump-sets. He directed construction of adequately wide drainage canals to prevent stagnation of water and demolish encroachments that caused water-logging and acquire land if necessary. A trench was formed on the road with the help of a hydraulic excavator to make way for the stagnant water.

Kadapa district received 41.4 mm of rainfall and heavy rainfall was predicted across Kadapa district by Meteorological Department on Wednesday too due to depression in the Bay of Bengal, the Collector told newsmen in the Collectorate Sabha Bhavan. Khajipet mandal received the highest rainfall of 7 cm, followed by Pendlimarry, Pulivendula, Proddatur, Vallur, Nandalur and Kadapa mandals, he added.

Control rooms set up

Control rooms were set up in the Collectorate and RDO offices and the rainfall situation was being constantly monitored, Mr. Sasidhar said. He directed officials to prepare plans to check water-logging of Chinna Chowk and Mrutyunjayakunta, even with slight rainfall, due to lack of proper drains.

The municipal workers, including outsourced ones, though on strike, were cooperative by rendering emergency services in Kadapa, Proddatur and Pulivendula towns, the Collector said. Kadapa RDO D. Haritha, Municipal Commissioner P. Chandramouleeswara Reddy, Superintending Engineer of Roads and Buildings R. Manohar Reddy, Kadapa tahsildar Srinivasulu and municipal employees accompanied the Collector during the inspection.

In Nellore city, streets and open spaces in low-lying areas were filled with water in the past 24 hours. Reports stated that 7 cm rainfall has been recorded in the district. The residents of Ummareddygunta area faced severe problems with rainwater entering their houses and inundating the roads.