''Kamalalyam'' temple tank wall (Thiruvarur) collapsed due to heavy rain - major repair is a must

The people of Tamil Nadu are saddened by the news that a few days ago the  south side walls of the famous ''Kamalalyam''  water tank that belongs to the popular  Thyagaraja swamy temple, Thiruvarur  collapsed  on the morning of 25 October  due to heavy and incessant train in the delta region . 

wall collapse. Kamalalayam water tank, Thiruvarur. thehindu.com

Above image: The south side of the parapet wall of the Kamalayam water tank, Thiruvarur town collapsed inside the tank. 

Thiruvarur, Kamlalayam water tank, wall collapse. thehindu.com

Above image:   It was taken in ''Oct. 2014''.  A section of the parapet and retaining wall of the Kamalalayam tank of Sri Tyagarajar temple in Tiruvarur caved in  on 26 October 2014. The Hindu dated 27 Oct. 2014 reported that walls to a length of   350 meters on the western bank caved in twice on the same day causing worries among the residents of the street and those living near-by.  The collapse of walls was taken place in the wake of  heavy rains earlier.. Reason: Poor maintenance on the part of the HR & CE, a govt. agency in charge of  Hindu temples  of Tamil Nadu. The 20 foot retaining wall rising from the last pedestal  had iron grills atop for extra security. After the collapse of walls buses, trucks, etc were not allowed on the streets around. 

From the above image( taken 7 years ago ) of the asphalted road  it is likely, the wall collapse was triggered by water stagnation or water logging  all along the road side in the lower part  of the inner wall.  Look at the gradient of the road, it is gently slopping on either side to drain out the water.  Apparently, there is no provision to drain away the rain water collecting  along the tank walls.  Because of continuous soaking on one side,  the weakened wall unable to take in more water collapsed  toward the tank side. Weak foundation, dampness and heavy  rain collectively caused this wall collapse........... 

Location map Thiruvarue town, TN. mapsofindia.com

Fortunately, this time there were no casualties as the wall fell inside the water tank in the early morning  when the street was not busy.  This  street is a busy one and has many health care centers plus schools. Lots of students use this street to go to their schools. Sources said  the wall on the southern side of the tank collapsed to a length of about 100 ft and this place is  just close to the municipal  office.  The area near the intersection of  West street and South street is closed for traffic. Further,  cracks are developed in the road so the street is barricaded by the police for safety purpose. 

Though the cause of this wall collapse was due to heavy rains, natives who live near this place point out that water stagnation was the main reason  that weakened the wall.  The collapse was accelerated by the continuous rain.   It is mentioned in the media that a few years ago the wall on the north side of the tank collapsed presumably due to heavy rain. The municipality on their part banned the movement of heavy vehicles on the streets close to the tank. 

It is imperative that when the road is re-laid all along the Kamalalayam water tank special  attention should be paid to the foundation of the wall all along and see to it the water does not get accumulated  along  the tank's parapet walls on the road sides.  

Kamalalayam water tank, Thiruvarur, TN. .wikiwand.com

Above image: Thyagaraja Swamy temple Tank , Thiruvarur, Tamil Nadu:  ''Kamalalayam'' - located in the heartland of Chola, the tank is part of the temple (built more than 1000 years ago) covering  25 acres. It is believed to be the largest  temple water tank  in India.  The tank will never go dry even if the monsoon fails; it is replenished by  numerous underground  springs.  The shrine dedicated to Naganathar is located at the center of the tank. called Neerrazhi  mantapam............


Thyagaraja swamy temple, Thiruvarur &
 the chariot.tourmyindia.com

Above image: It is one of the largest temples in Tamil Nadu  and its history goes back to the 7th Century CE. The 9th century Chola rulers made valuable contribution to this temple. The temple has the most number of shrines in India. Here,  Nithya (daily) puja is done to the maragatha lingam (Emerald lingam).  In this temple complex all the nine Navagraha idols (celestial planets) are placed towards south in a straight line. It is mentioned that  all the Navagrahas (9 planets) were relieved of their curses  upon their prayer to the main deity - God Shiva.  Yet another fascinating fact is the annual  chariot festival of this temple is quite famous across the state. The temple  chariot or car is the largest of its kind south of the Vindhya mountains  weighing roughly 300 tons plus. For pulling the ''ther'' during the festival, huge bulldozers are used for convenience and it is provided with hydraulic break system to stop it. Locally called Azhi Ther, it is the tallest one in India;  the ornamented wooden base alone stands 30 foot tall, the canopy over it will be 66 feet. (total height is 96 feet) ........................................