Belagavi recently saw one of the worst floods in its history maybe with the entire district been affected by flooding.
With heavy rains pouring from Monday, August 5 and the rain doubled up on Tuesday. Unprecedented rains and floods may have devastated lives and properties in parts of North Karnataka. The Govt has announced some compensation and the survey for the same is in progress.
What the city of Belagavi saw this time around was frightening. Most of the low lying areas which earlier also faced similar situation but the gravity of incident this time around doubled.
The flow of water was like a river in Maratha Colony, Samarth Nagar, Kapileshwar Colony, Shastri Nagar, Om Nagar, Cariappa Colony, SV Colony, MG colony, Mandoli and other areas were marooned in water for more than 4 days. Mandoli road had up to 6 feet water at one time.
The few houses that fell in various parts of the city have been surveyed and the MLA’s have promised some compensation under various schemes so that they could rebuild their home.
In SV colony, Maratha Colony, Cariappa Colony it is estimated that more than a hundred cars and more than 300 bikes/scooters were inundated in the flooding.
TV, refrigerators, furniture, beds, mattresses you name it and many of these things are now lying on the roads, were unusable. According to an estimate of more than 10,000 vehicles in the district have been affected by flooding.
But who will bear for this loss is the big question.
Citizens are asking who will pay for the loss? Furniture is gone, Refrigerator, Washing Machine, Mattress you name it all has been damaged by the flooding?
Who is responsible for this flooding? Has any action been taken or actions initiated so that this does not occur again?
The citizens of SV Colony, Maratha Colony on themselves cleared the drains and thanks to the new Concrete road which has been laid on the existing road due to the increase in the height the waterlogging was more by at least 18 inches and also stayed for a long time.
Has the smart city come and at least see where they have gone wrong or has the corporation done something?
Blankly nothing! Maybe they have moved some papers on their tables but in reality, nothing has changed.
The citizens have to change themselves now, as with the new Concrete road being laid everywhere the height of the road will be raised everywhere and the same problem may replicate anywhere in the city.
And the aftermath is still frightening after watching the broken gutters, Roads. Garbage on the road which is not lifted by the CCB. All this is inviting an epidemic. Residents of these colonies specifically S V Colony 2 nd cross don’t have access to their house as both sides it’s dug up, one side Amrut Yojana and other side a trench dug up in recent floods
Around 20 crores are spent on the Congress road, but no new drains were in the plan which would have cost 2-3 crores which would ease the flooding situation.
But who cares, media will show stories for 3 days, all will see feel bad and back to normal.
So many have lost so much of money now who will compensate?
Now it is time the citizens to come together as they did for the relief work to come together and fight for something now so that next year they don’t have to repent.
Floods are gone by, lest we forget the pain and agony; this could happen again, we must come to the front and raise our voice otherwise the same water will eat your money again and again.