For at least a few days, Akhil Bhansali, a resident of one of the residential buildings on Poonamallee High Road in Egmore, had to scale his compound wall to get out of his house.
“The authorities have dug trenches at the doorstep to construct stormwater drain on the road, the work on which is proceeding at a slow pace. Due to this, we are struggling to get in and out of our houses. Our doors were blocked,” complained Akhil.
Making matters worse for them, the workers deployed to attend to the stormwater drain works allegedly damaged the sewage lines, which has resulted in the trench being filled with sewage. Besides living with the stench, the residents have to deal with the proliferation of mosquitos, he added.
“Apart from the sanitary issues, we are forced to park our vehicles elsewhere and walk home. Open trench on the busy road has also resulted in accidents. Officials should complete the works immediately,” demanded Akhil.
When DT Next visited the spot, trenches were found dug at many parts of the arterial road near Egmore and Vepery, which is now filled with sewage water. At many spots, the Highway Department is yet to commence even the basic works.
Another trouble that the residents are facing is related to health — the spike in mosquito menace and stagnant sewage at their doorsteps. “There are nearly 100 families residing in our apartment. Due to the tardy works, many residents, especially the children, have been affected with various ailments. Near our apartment, the trench remains open for nearly over a month,” said R Riaz, another resident. The residents said that they had approached officials several times requesting them to complete the works soon, but to no avail, Riaz said.
Repeated calls to M Mithesh, the Highways Department official supervising the work in question, went unanswered.