As a large section of the road was rendered unusable due to waterlogging, the traffic police personnel had a tough time regulating the movement of vehicles on Tuesday evening.
As the line of vehicles crawled past an inch at a time, visitors to the GH and passengers from the Central Station were struggling to cross the road, braving the stagnant water that climbs to knee height at many places.
A traffic policeman on duty said the waterlogging of this critical junction – which has one of the heaviest footfalls – makes it tough for them to regulate the vehicles and pedestrians.
“The water stagnation is causing a terrible traffic jam every single time it rains. At the bus stop outside the GH, there is at least a feet of water and this stretch of the road cannot be used. Because of the water not draining, people coming from the hospital cannot easily cross the road. We have complained to the Greater Chennai Corporation multiple times, but no action has been taken,” said the official.
Afroze Ahmed, an activist from the locality, said waterlogging is common due to lack of storm water drain network.
“Every time it rains, the Corporation pumps out the water because the existing micro-drainage network is inefficient and cannot channel the excess water away from the roads. With Central Station and a lot of outsiders visiting the GH, the authorities should ensure that this road is welcoming – but the situation is quite the opposite,” said the activist.
When contacted, a Corporation official said that the GH Road and the surrounding Poonamallee High Road are under the jurisdiction of the State Highways department.
“The 75-yearold old canal, which is crucial to drain the excess rain water, was damaged during the Metro Rail work. The proposal for the construction of a new drain is under tendering process by the State Highways department and there are several complications to achieve this. For the last six months, Corporation has arranged for a motor to pump out the water each time it rained,” added the official.