Around 500 morning walkers, who visit Thangal Pond Park in Ambattur, have to bear with foul odour emanating from sewage discharged from nearby residential areas. The regular users of the facility have urged Corporation officials to clear the sewage and also plug sewage outlets from the houses nearby.
“The clogged open-drain inside the park has been like this for at least three months after an illegal sewage outlet was piped in. It should be immediately blocked as the sewage in the park is muddy and acts as a breeding ground for mosquitoes besides other posing health hazards,” said Ganesh Babu, a resident of Abiramapuram near Ambattur, who visits the park regularly.
The public claimed that illegal sewage is let into storm water drains. “There isn’t any other way for the sewage to flow into the park. The storm water drains are meant for rainwater but people have let out sewage into them,” said Venugopal KV, another resident.
When contacted, Sathish Kumar, executive engineer, Ambattur zone, said, “The nearby culvert was cleaned recently. Mud has been blocking the culvert and so the water was flowing into the park. On Wednesday, we cleared the block and thus stopped the sewage flow into the park.”