Mandya: The Bengaluru – Mysuru Expressway Highway was inundated near Ramanagara underpass due to Friday March 17 rains as some people covered the drain with mud. The issue was widely criticised by netizens in social media claiming the Expressway inundated with in just 5 days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated.
Taking the issue seriously the National Highways Development Authority (NHAI) conducted emergency work on Saturday March 18 itself and solved the problem.
NHAI officers said that heavy rains lashed State on the night of Friday March 17. 3.9 mm of rainfall recorded in the area instead of the normal 0.1 mm. As a result, people blocked the drainage channel below the flyover 42.64 kilometre and constructed for animal crossing. In Madapur and other surrounding areas, drains up to 3 metres wide were covered with mud to enter their agricultural land. By that they had cut the road by constructing their own route from the service road. Under the overpass for animal crossing, it got submerged due to heavy rain.
The embankment constructed for the entry of people was cleared early on the morning of Saturday. It has been decided to provide two lines of 1.2 metres of dia pipe through pipe drain to benefit neighbouring agricultural fields of Madapur Village. The National Highway Development Authority said that the work was completed on the midnight of Saturday.
The Mysuru – Kodagu MP Pratap Simha in a tweet reacted that. Mysuru-Bengaluru Highway had become swimming pool for some time because someone blocked the rain water drain to make a road. We fixed it by putting two Hume Pipes.
The Highway, which was recently inaugurated by Prime Minister Modi, was submerged in Madapura Village due to the rains on Friday. Due to this, the motorists faced lot of hardships and severely criticised authorities for inundation despite authorities collecting toll. The Opposition Congress and JD (S) in a series of tweets condemned the work of NHAI.