Mangaluru, Aug 08, 2019: At least about 25 industries in Baikamapady Industrial area of Mangaluru, were inundated due to flash floods triggered by incessant rain on August 6 and 7. Kanara Small Industries Association (KSIA), Baikampady, President Gaurav Hegde urged the government to release funds for realigning and construction of stormwater drains.
He told media that capacity of the stormwater drain needs to be increased to facilitate easy flow of water and prevent further loss to entrepreneurs. Stormwater drains also get choked consequently resulting in flooding of the industrial area. The flooding in the industrial area has become a serious cause for loss to industries for the past two to three years.
Water collected on the rooftops of the industries also flows on the road, thus increasing the possibility of flooding. The number of industries have also increased. Industrialists are frustrated due to production loss, which in turn affects the profit generation. Owing to the gap in supply and demand, industries are losing customers, it is being said.
It may be recalled that torrential rainfall on May 29, 2018 in Mangaluru had affected more than 70 industries at Baikampady industrial area and had caused an estimated loss of Rs 10 crore in the form of damage to machinery, raw materials, electrical installation, structural damage and production losses.
The KSIA had sought compensation from the government to recover from the losses. However, the industries have not received any compensation whatsoever.