The safety of the road users is also compromised as the water line is not covered.
Stating that the work has been taking months, P Vijay, a commuter, said, “I have to use this road to get to work and on my way back home, too. Inconvenienced by the work since the beginning, I was in the hope that it would be completed soon. However, the work is moving very slow and tends to test commuters’ patience, especially during peak hours.”
Commuters said that there are days when the work is on halt and it is affecting traffic enormously. “We notice that the work is not done on a regular basis. If it was carried out more diligently, it could have been completed earlier. The road that conjoins with Madipakkam is used by hundreds of people each day and this lackadaisical behaviour on part of the workers has been affecting the public,” said J Jagannathan, another commuter, adding, “The safety of the road users is also compromised as the water line is not covered. Anyone trying to cross the road can easily fall into the water.”
Besides, as the sewage water is left open, breeding of mosquitoes is another issue. “The entire area has been facing this issue for years together. Not only in the case of sewer lines being left open for this road extension work that is taking forever but in other parts, including Ramalingam Main Road. The Greater Chennai Corporation is taking this issue too lightly,” said Advocate M Sekaran, a resident of the area.
Stating that the work had to be halted due to many reasons, an official told DT Next, “The workers had to pause the work during the rains last year and there were instances when other works were being carried out parallelly. However, the work will be completed shortly and we will take steps to include safety measures around the site of work.”