Part of the wall connecting Karnataka’s KRS Dam and Brindavan Gardens collapses
Srirangapatna MP Ravindra Srikantaiah said the area where the wall collapsed is not connected to the central structure of the KRS Dam.
Amid allegations of illegal mining causing damage to the iconic Krishna Raja Sagara Dam in Karnataka, part of the wall under the stairs connecting Brindavan Garden – a popular tourist attraction – to the area where the idol of Goddess Cauvery is installed near the dam, collapsed late Sunday, July 18, triggering panic among residents of the surrounding area. According to the authorities, around 30 stones supporting the stairs had fallen, causing part of the wall to collapse. “This could be due to the relentless rains of recent days, as the mortar, used in construction work at the time, may have weakened in recent years,” an officer told reporters.
After the incident, Srirangapatna MP Ravindra Srikantaiah visited with Chief Engineer Cauvery Neeravari Nigam Vijay Kumar. Both denied any threat to the safety of the dam. “The area where the wall collapsed is not connected to the central structure of the dam, as it is located about 12 meters outside the dam. The dam is safe,” Srikantaiah said.
Over the past fortnight, Mandya MP Sumalatha Ambareesh had raised concerns about the safety of the dam, saying illegal mining nearby was weakening the structure. Amid her allegations, she even visited a few mining areas and inspected a few areas in Srirangapatna and Bebi Betta in Pandavapura taluk, where stone quarries operate. In addition to inspecting the dam, it also called on the state’s governor and minister of mines to take strict measures to prevent the illegal mining activities that have been taking place in this region for the past two years.
Krishna Raja Sagara, also known as the KRS Dam, was built on the Cauvery River in 1924. Its water is used for irrigation in the districts of Mysuru and Mandya and is also the main source of drinking water for the river. all of Mysuru, Mandya and most of the city of Bangalore. The water released by this dam flows into neighboring Tamil Nadu and is stored in the Mettur dam in its district of Salem.
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