In a clear case of official apathy towards necessary civic works, a portion of the roof of Yadavagiri water reservoir which collapsed on the night of May 26, has not been repaired even after four days. It is not clear if Vani Vilas Water Works is even aware of the roof collapse.

It may be recalled that a portion of the roof of the same reservoir collapsed on April 26, 2011 and repair was started only after photos of the damaged roof appeared in the newspapers.

Corrugated sheets were placed over the opening left by the roof collapse as seen in the photo. Another section of the same roof collapsed on July 22, 2011 and its repair can be seen in the top right side of the reservoir [not seen in the photo].

Mysore Grahakara Parishat (MGP) had complained that these repairs were a temporary solution and that the entire roof needs to be replaced before other sections collapsed, causing possible loss of life.

It can be seen in the photo that there are white stripes painted all over the roof. It appears that these stripes are attempts to fill in cracks in the roof. The photo also shows that the roof has broken off just along these stripes indicating that there were cracks underneath the stripes. If the entire roof is not replaced, more cracks will get wider and more sections of the roof will collapse as it happened in Vijayanagar Central Storage Reservoir.

The collapsed section needs to be covered immediately since water coming from KRS still has a lot of sediment even after filtering and with sunlight streaming into the reservoir through the collapsed roof, there will be an explosion of algae population. This will in turn breed dangerous bacteria.

Also, as it happened when the roof of the Vijayanagar reservior collapsed, pigeons will start nesting inside the reservoir, leading to the possibility of supply of drinking water with dead pigeons to Mysoreans.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore