Published On : Thu, Aug 22nd, 2019

Kolhapur floods caused by tampering with flood lines: RTI

The flood havoc in Kolhapur and Sangli districts has killed 54 people and thousands of cattle, besides causing colossal loss of property, farmlands and crops. Was it the ferocity of nature that caused such a great calamity or did human interference aggravate the situation?

RTI documents reveal that tampering of the red and blue line demarcation of the Panchganga River in the Kolhapur Development Plan, due to the pressure of the builder lobby through the Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Associations of India (CREDAI), to which the chief minister’s office responded affirmatively, resulted in turning 1250 acres of floodline area, prohibited for any construction, into a concrete maze.