Last week rain battered the city and made arterial roads bumpy in many areas like Ambattur, Vepery, Egmore, Tondaiarpet, New Washermenpet and Valasaravakkm.
To escape these rough roads, vehicles take interior roads or streets to reach their destinations, leading to traffic jam. “The city roads are damaged within a week since monsoon began and it exposes officials’ apathy.
We are afraid that if there is incessant rain, the officials may have to take up work on all the arterial roads. For instance, the stretch between Ambattur and Padi became bumpy and now, traffic is being diverted,” said L G Ravi, joint secretary, Association of Society Welfare, Ambattur. He also said that more vehicles started taking interior roads leading to bottlenecks in the residential areas. Similarly, pedestrians bear the brunt of such incidents.
“Rainwater in many areas is still stagnating. In such a condition, now I can observe that a large number of vehicles intrude into the interior roads to avoid uneven roads and we need to tackle congested vehicles,” said A Muthuvel, a resident of Tondaiarpet.
He demanded the police personnel and GCC to take appropriate steps as soon as possible. When contacted by DT Next, K Periaiah, Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic), Chennai, said that they have instructed traffic police personnel to identify patchy roads and inform the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) officials. “The GCC workers take up minor road repairing works during day, while they undertake some works during night time, if the roads are in bad conditions,” he said and added that they also monitor the traffic and divert the vehicles, if roads are not proper.