To examine the cracks

A team of experts from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani, would inspect the retaining wall of Sri Durga Malleswara Swamivarla Devasthanam shortly.

The State government has requested the BITS to depute a team to examine the cracks that developed in the wall built for widening the ghat road to Indrakeeladri. The BITS acceded to the request, temple executive officer N. Vijay Kumar said on Thursday.

The appearance of cracks in the masonry of a 40-metre high retaining wall in the first week of June triggered panic in the city as there were apprehensions that the structure was not stable. There was even a demand for a high-level inquiry.

The proposed team would be the third panel of experts in a row to examine the cracks and assess the strength of the retaining wall. A Chennai-based expert, Madhavan, was the first to visit the temple in the first week of June and inspect the cracks in the wall. Prof. Madhavan was stated to have assured the authorities that the cracks would not pose any danger to the wall.

Following a furore over collapse of Rajagopuram of Srisailam, the State government constituted a team of working and retired engineers and professors to inspect the temples in the State. The team visited Kanakadurga temple too.

The team was made up of professors, retired professors, retired engineers-in-chief and chief engineers. They were Narasimha Rao, a retired professor from IIT Madras; A. Mehar, a retired professor from IIT Madras; C.V.R. Murthy, visiting professor, IIT Hyderabad; R. Kondal Rao, retired engineer-in-chief; V. Murahari Reddy, retired engineer-in-chief; the TTD chief engineer ; the retired stapathi of the Endowments Department; and others visited Indrakeeladri on June 19.

The team made some suggestions in the report submitted to the government. Mr. Vijay Kumar said they were mending the retaining wall and repair works were going on at a brisk pace.