The overflowing water of River South Pennar has inundated the causeway connecting Thorapalli Village, forcing villagers to take a detour for about 20 km to reach Hosur, the nearest town.
Heavy rain in Karnataka for the last few days has increased the inflow of water to Kelevarapalli Dam near Hosur in Krishnagiri district. The excess water from the dam is being released into River South Pennar.
Incidentally, Thorapalli is the native village of C. Rajagopalachari, the last Governor-General of India.
“Politicians and officials attending Rajaji's birth and death anniversaries every year promise to solve the problems of the villagers and take up developmental activities like constructing a flyover, but nothing concrete has been done so far,'' a villager laments.
An official of the State Highways department for Rural Roads and Bridge works under the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) scheme for Krishnagiri and Dharmapuri districts told The Hindu on Tuesday that a proposal to construct an overbridge at a cost of Rs. 3.95 lakh has been sent to the NABARD during the first week of January for its approval.
Once the bank okays the proposal, the State government has to approve the project and give 20 per cent fund for the scheme.
Apart from this, construction works of a flyover across the South Pennar River near Ulagam village on the Shoolagiri-Royakottai Road in Krishnagiri district is under progress. The project cost is estimated at Rs. 2.74 crore.
Similarly, orders to start work on a bridge connecting Eachampadi and Mallapuram near Kambainallur in Dharmapuri district and also another on KRP Dam-Kalve Alli near the KRP dam in Krishnagiri district have been issued.
The construction work of these two bridges will soon start.
A proposal for a flyover connecting Kambainallur and Anandur Road at a cost of Rs. 6 crore was also sent to the NABARD's approval, the official added.
Because of water released from the Kelavarapalli dam, inflow into the KRP dam has increased in the last few days. If this continues for a few more days, water level is expected to reach the maximum height of 52 feet. The water level of the dam has increased over two feet in the last two days from 37 to 39.30 feet.