Post SWD work completion, Chennai roads wear ‘dug up’ look

The Chennai Corporation took up the construction of new stormwater drains on the road after severe waterlogging occurred in 2021 across the locality due to poor gradients and incomplete links.
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CHENNAI: Even as the Greater Chennai Corporation carrying out construction of stormwater drains across the city is looking to complete the works before the monsoon, several roads where works are completed continue to remain in a dug up state.

V Gopalakrishnan, an activist in KK Nagar, said that the civic body dug up a portion of Anna Main Road for the construction of a new drain. "The construction works were completed two months ago. But the pits remain open posing danger," he said.

He pointed out that there was already a stormwater drain on the spot but the civic body constructed a new drain.

Apart from posing threats of mishaps, the pits on the dug up road have become pools of sewage water. "The regular rains in the city in intervals and sewage stagnant on the pits has become breading grounds for mosquitoes.

The Chennai Corporation took up the construction of new stormwater drains on the road after severe waterlogging occurred in 2021 across the locality due to poor gradients and incomplete links.

When asked, a Chennai Corporation official said that the damaged portion will repaired and new road will be laid.

On the other hand, the issue is not an isolated situation as several roads, especially interior roads are dug up for the construction of new drains. "We have to negotiate Metrorail works and on interior roads, we have to negotiate storm water drain pits. If the civic body fail to relay the damaged roads before the monsoon, it will being a new set of problems other than water logging,” Senthil Kumar, a resident of Kodambakkam said.

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