Residents said the road often experiences traffic congestion during peak hours and the uncovered drain is a threat to motorists and unsuspecting pedestrians.
Residents claimed that last month a girl who was cycling to school had slipped and fallen into the drain and suffered multiple fractures. She is also yet to be released from the hospital, they said. Sources said that Sabari Road in Madipakkam is one of the important streets in the locality and experience a regular flow of traffic. Locals also said that not only is the drain left uncovered, but it is not even being maintained properly by officials.
RS Geetha, a social activist from Madipakkam, said, “We have submitted so many petitions to the corporation and asked the officials to cover the open drains but they have not done anything about it yet.”
To prevent further accidents, the local residents have used logs to cover the drain, but are unsure for how long it’ll hold, especially with the onset of the Northeast monsoon.
Some of the residents also said that the road often experiences traffic congestion during peak hours and the uncovered drain is a threat to motorists and unsuspecting pedestrians. “A girl fell into the drain and broke multiple bones and the authorities have not taken action even now. Wonder how many accidents need to take place before they pay attention to this problem,” said a resident, not wanting to be named.
Another resident, K Karthick, said, “If the drain is not covered now, the road will become very slippery during the rains so the motorists who use Sabari Road will have a tough time.”
When contacted, a senior official from Chennai Corporation said, “Covering that drain will make it difficult for it to be cleaned. We have planned to construct a 3-foot wall around the opening and the work will begin soon.”