Mysuru’s well-known Chamundi Hill is crumbling

4 main landslides have been reported on Mysuru’s Chamundi Hill since 2019, alarming greens and authorities alike

The motorable road on Mysuru's Chamundi Hill has given way in places due to landslides.
The motorable highway on Mysuru’s Chamundi Hill has given manner in locations as a consequence of landslides.

All will not be effectively with the Chamundi Hill, a well-liked vacationer attraction close to Mysuru. There have been 4 main landslides since 2019 and environmentalists blame indiscriminate development atop the hill for them.

The hill, 13 kilometres away from town, has a temple on high — at 1,060 metres — of Chamundeshwari, the presiding deity of town.

Seasonal water on the high has been diverted for developing giant buildings. The deep excavations accomplished to realize this have loosened subterranean soil, creating deep chasms underground.

Rainwater entered these chasms through the monsoon and percolated by way of the openings, leading to landslides. The 4 main landslides since 2019 have principally occurred on the highway resulting in the Nandi statue from View Level Junction.

Mysuru residents have rallied to avoid wasting the hill from indiscriminate growth and the resultant environmental degradation.

A profitable on-line petition to stall the slicing of a whole bunch of timber on the foot of Chamundi Hill as a part of Karnataka’s helicopter tourism undertaking, with over 80,000 signatures, pressured the Karnataka authorities to do a rethink.

Mysureans have now launched into a second main on-line petition to avoid wasting the Chamundi Hill from indiscriminate growth and ecological destruction.

The petition has been put up on the web site by the group ‘Mysoreans for Saving Mysore’. It has already acquired 67,750 signatures.

“We hope to get 300,000 signatures, which ought to affect our elected leaders to conform to a number of the suggestions that the non-profit Mysore Grahakara Parishat has been making for 4 years,” Bhamy V Shenoy from Mysoreans for Saving Mysore, stated.

“The spiritual-religious-heritage sanctity of Chamundi Hill stands threatened. We must always cease all development, begin eradicating all unlawful buildings, cease the motion of automobiles and permit solely electrical buses,” he added.

The group has additionally demanded the structure of a Chamundi Hill Improvement Authority on the traces of the Male Mahadeshwara Hills Improvement Authority.

The purpose is to allow all stakeholders to have a say within the hill’s future as an alternative of solely a piece of highly effective folks taking unilateral selections.

There are solutions for extra drastic steps reminiscent of superseding the authority of the native Gram Panchayat and giving full powers to the district administration contemplating the character of the issue.

A panoramic view of Chamundi Hill. Photo: M RaghuramA panoramic view of Chamundi Hill

Scientific research

A staff from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) at Bengaluru had visited the Chamundi Hill after the final landslide.

They studied the landslide sample and took samples from faults, joints and bedding surfaces, that are contact factors between rock and soil and contribute to landslides.

The specialists indicated that erosion had already set in and could possibly be arrested solely by not taking on any extra development actions in addition to motion of heavy transport automobiles.

Deputy Commissioner of Mysuru, Bagadi Gautham has stated any restoration work on the broken parts of the hill should wait until the world stabilises. The IISc’s technical report with solutions would even be prepared by then.

A panel from the Establishment of Engineers, the nationwide organisation of engineers, headed by SG Sudhir Vombatkere has submitted a technical report back to Gautham.

The report has many solutions, together with delinking the motorable highway after a sure elevation and designating the destroyed a part of the highway as a trekking path.

The report additionally factors out that the highway had suffered injury as a consequence of heavy rains. The report attributed it to the lack of the longitudinal-cross drainage system to deal with the amount of water.

The report cautioned that hill slopes devoid of timber and undergrowth cowl are extra susceptible to saturation-erosion-slope failure than forested slopes.

The panel has additionally warned that local weather change-induced heavy rainfall with growing frequency and excessive depth is predicted to extend. This will likely create a scenario of saturation-erosion-slope failure and avalanches in hilly terrains

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