Negligence of Builder Causes Flood in Yeyyadi, House Submerged
Mangaluru: The negligence of a builder has caused a house to be submerged and flood on the airport road at Yeyyadi here, on June 8.
According to sources, the ongoing construction work of Godrej properties in Yeyyadi has caused blockage in the surrounding rainwater drains. The water from the clogged drains has gushed into some houses in the area. Some compound walls have also collapsed.
Speaking to mangalorean.com, former Mayor and corporator of ward no 22, Mahabala Marla said, “I received a call from a 70-year-old woman whose house is on the opposite side of the construction site stating that water had entered her house. When I went to the site, I was shocked to see the pump house and another house nearby submerged in water. People in the area have also been calling and complaining that they do not have the supply of drinking water. Now it is not possible for us to drill into the retaining wall built by the builder since the compound and the pump house is filled with water. I had raised this issue during the council meeting but the response was poor and today, the people of this area are facing problems. I have given a deadline to the concerned authorities of Godrej properties to compensate for the losses suffered by the residents due to their negligence.”
Marla further said that the residents do not have any objection against the construction of the building but the builders need to take necessary measures for the safety of the nearby residents. “They have even erected a retaining wall which is blocking the flow of rain water. In their application for a license, they have assured of making way for the flow of rain water but have failed to do so.”
Speaking to mangalorean.com, a resident of the area Sharada (70) said, “I have been living in Yeyyadi since my childhood but this is the first time that I am facing such a problem. Luckily, the water entered inside my house during the daytime. If the same would have happened during the night, the situation would have been different. I am afraid to stay here. The house that is opposite to mine has been submerged in water. The old woman, who was staying there alone, has left the house and gone to her daughter’s house. It is dangerous to stay in this area now because of problems that the multi-storey building is causing.”
Geetha, another resident of the locality, said that the government distributes compensation after a disaster, but if strict action is taken against violators, such problems can be avoided. “There is no use of providing compensation after people suffer. Last month we faced severe water crisis and now, even though there is water, the pump house is submerged with rain water. Today there is rain but no water to drink!”
Another resident, Janet, who had been staying at her sister’s house in Yeyyadi, says that now that the compound wall has collapsed, she is planning to shift. When she requested the building authorities to compensate for the compound wall, they behaved rudely with her. She says that she is afraid to stay in that house as there is a chance that the house may collapse anytime.