Rivers overflowing due to heavy rains in Hadauti region and neighbouring Madhya Pradesh have damaged a large number of causeways and culverts in the Hadauti region causing a huge property loss and leaving many important routes cut-off.
The second fortnight of June witnessed heavy rainwater inflow in the Chambal river, Kali Sindh river, Aahu, Parvati, Parwan and other tributaries of the Chambal River in Kota, Baran, Bundi and Jhalawar districts of the Hadauti region. “The overflowing rivers swept away around 182 causeways and culverts at several places in the region,” said MM Phulwaria, additional chief engineer, Public Works Department (PWD), Kota division.
Phulwaria said the PWD department has done a survey of the damaged causeways and culverts in the Hadauti region. While the maximum damage has been witnessed in the Jhalawar district, where 88 causeways and culverts were damaged, 47 of them were damaged in Baran district. The department would need Rs 13.81 crore and Rs 46 crore to carry out repair and maintenance work in the two districts respectively, he said.
Similarly, 31 culverts and causeways in Kota and 16 in Bundi were damaged due to the overflowing rivers, requiring Rs 2.6 crore and Rs 3 crore for the repair works respectively.
Phulwaria said the department has sought bigger budget to raise the height of the damaged culverts and causeways at several places to prevent future damages. He said the department is carrying out repair work on some culverts and causeways which needed immediate resumption of traffic, whereas major repair work would be taken up after the monsoon.
This year the damage is more, as most of the rivers of the Hadauti region are overflowing due to heavy rains in Madhya Pradesh, said the additional chief engineer.
There are more than 13,000 culvert and causeways in the Hadauti region.