The cut-and-cover drain project in Chitlapakkam, whose construction was further interrupted after the entire locality was reportedly flooded on Monday, will be completed by the Public Works Department (PWD) in a week’s time, sources said.
With the total length of the project being 865 metres, it connects to Sembakkam lake, resulting in the rainwater from the locality draining directly into the lake. The officials have reportedly completed 90 percent of the project work.
“We complained to the officials, but they still did not visit the place to see the situation the residents are facing. Already the work is delayed by the PWD. Though the work started a year ago, it remains incomplete. As they wanted to finish the work soon, the cut-and-cover they constructed were not strong enough, and so when the water gushed, it got damaged,” said Veeramani S, a resident of Chitlapakkam. When contacted on the damage, a PWD official said, “The water force was too strong and that is why it got damaged. We will fix it after the rainfall. The work will be completed by January.”