Mangaluru, June 02, 2018: Kanara Small Industries Association (Baikampady) President Gaurav Hegde said that torrential rainfall on May 29 in Mangaluru has affected more than 70 industries at Baikampady industrial area.
In a press release, he said that the loss has been estimated at more than Rs10 crore in the form of damage to machinery, raw materials, electrical installations, structural damage and production losses.
In a memorandum submitted to Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy, the president said that there are flaws in the stormwater drains in areas which have to be redesigned and constructed to avoid further devastation.
A committee has been formed by the secretary, MSME to submit a report. He appealed to the chief minister to intervene and expedite the process.
In the memorandum, he said that two hours of sudden downpour resulted in two to four feet water in the industrial units.
This has resulted in huge damage to raw materials, finished goods, packaging materials, motors, electrical panels, and transformer structural damage. There was production loss for two days.
"The SME sector is facing a huge hardship due to demonetisation and the implementation of the GST. The natural calamity has given a big blow to these industries,” he said.
He urged the chief minister to help the entrepreneurs by giving compensation to recover from the losses as some of the industries may not be in a position to restart.
Loss for Mescom
The Mescom has incurred a loss of Rs 568.61 lakh in the form of damage to its properties in Mescom jurisdiction covering Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Shivamogga and Chikkamagaluru districts since April 1 to May 29.
A press release said that the loss in Dakshina Kannada has been estimated at Rs 195.94 lakh, Udupi—Rs 157.76 lakh, Shivamogga—146.61 lakh and Chikkamagaluru—68.3 lakh, respectively.
A total of 382 transformers have been damaged in the Mescom jurisdiction, which includes the highest of 186 in DK and 165 in Udupi districts.
Four transformers in Udupi and two in Chikkamagaluru are yet to be changed.
A total of 4,911 electricity poles have been damaged in the four districts, of which, Udupi district has highest of 1,476, followed by 1,195 in Dakshina Kannada.
A total of 353.60-km electric lines have been damaged in the rain. This includes 152.17-km in Shivamogga, 86.63-km in DK, 82.5-km in Chikkamagaluru and 32.3-km in Udupi district.