Mysuru: It is two years since there was a major landslide on the Chamundi Hill near the Nandi Statue, and one more mudslide close to the same stretch of territory last night has terrified residents, commuters, and pilgrims. Along with the fallen ground, a section of road below has also given way, suggesting unstable ground.
Because of the rain pounding Mysuru for the previous two weeks or so, the soil had fallen away, causing the retention wall to collapse. The most recent landslide occurred near the lit “Welcome” erected for Dasara, a few meters from where the 2019 landslide occurred.
The land came crumbling down on Oct. 22, 2019, and a retaining wall was erected at a total cost of Rs. 49 lakh the following day, when it fell under the “emergency works” category. The built retaining wall is 35 meters wide and 6 meters high and encompasses all of the collapsed ground.
In 2019, a 50-foot-long and 22-foot-deep landslide occurred. While the latest information on the current slide is unavailable because officials are focused on cleaning mud and assessing the damaged area, the State Government has mandated quick repairs to begin tomorrow.
The landslide occurred late last night, and the District Administration and the Police immediately set to work to seal off the area. For vehicle traffic, the road between View Point and Nandi Statue has been blocked. Vehicular access to Sri Chamundeshwari Temple and Nandi Statue has been restricted through effective barricading of the road.
The District Administration has instructed the PWD to clear debris and start work right away, suggesting they survey the entire hill to find additional susceptible areas before it collapses, resulting in deaths and limbs. Harsha informed Web News Observer that works will begin tomorrow and, like in 2019, tenders will not be called because the task is under the emergency category.
Meanwhile, environmentalists have expressed their displeasure, stating that while such occurrences are coming to light in Chamundi Hill, governments continue to announce development plans that will negatively impact the environment.