Durga temple ghat road closed, three houses damaged in Vijayawada

Vijayawada: The Kanaka Durga temple ghat road was closed on Tuesday in view of the Michaung cyclone and rains. The aim was to avoid mishaps due to the fall of boulders from the Indrakeeladri hill.

The Durga temple committee and officials stated that the Sri Durga Malleawaswara Swamy Varla Devasthanam (Durga temple) stopped the vehicle movement on the Ghat Road on Tuesday.

Also, the temple authorities requested the devotees to use the way of Mallikharjuna Maha Mandapam to visit the temple.

After the rain subsides, the Durga Ghat road will be restored for vehicle movement.

Meanwhile, the Vijayawada municipal corporation has started measures for clearing of debris and waste from the drain for the free flow of rainwater and to avoid overflow of the water to the roads and streets.

Municipal commissioner, Swapnil Pundkar, conducted an inspection of the drainage points. The focus was on the ongoing work done by earthmovers and cranes to remove debris from drains at Kandrika Junction, ensuring free flow for rainwater during the heavy rain.

Pundkar said cranes have been placed at nine points to prevent water stagnation. He urged the residents in low-lying areas to relocate to the rehabilitation centres set up for each circle. Residents may obtain information about their designated rehabilitation centre through local volunteers or VROs.

He inspected key locations like Pulleti Kalava and ESI Hospital Junction Gunadala to ensure effective drainage of floodwaters. He asked officials to arrange oil engines for the rapid drying of water on roads.

Meanwhile, three houses were damaged when the scaffolding of an under- construction multi-storey building collapsed at Bhanunagar in Vijayawada on Tuesday due to heavy winds of the Michaung cyclone.

The residents of the three houses rushed out and saved themselves. CPIM state secretariat member Babu Rao and other leaders visited the area and urged the government to give compensation or arrange re-construction of the dwellings. They also called for action against multi- storey building owners for their alleged negligence.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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