Monday night’s rain that continued till early Tuesday has, as always, brought to the fore issues that the city residents face after rain. Of the many, one is the waterlogging of subways and underpasses that help people move between the eastern and western parts of the railway track.
Tuesday morning was no different. The city had witnessed an average of only 85.76 mm rain and it had left the Lanka Corner underpass, Avanashi Road subway, Kaleeswara Mill underpass, the underpass on Shastri Road (near Kikani school) and North Coimbatore subway waterlogged.
The Coimbatore Corporation rushed its men and machinery to the spots to flush out the water. Commissioner in-charge S. Sivarasu said that at the Lanka Corner underpass, the civic body started the work around 6 a.m. and finished it within a couple of hours.
Similarly, the Corporation had also quickly cleaned the Kaleeswara Mill underpass, which connects Brooke Bond Road with Kattoor. By around 9 a.m. the Corporation was also able to throw open the Shastri Road underpass for traffic.
At the Avanashi Road subway and the North Coimbatore one, it faced problems in that during power cuts, the Corporation was able to run only the diesel-powered machinery.
For close to three hours, the flushing-out operation suffered. And this delayed the completion of the task, he said.
Seeing the Corporation barricades at the entrances of the subways, motorists took the flyover. This led to an increase in the number of vehicles, which moved at snail’s pace, on the flyover and had a cascading effect on the nearby traffic signals as well.
Mr. Sivarasu said that the Corporation was prepared for rain.
It had asked its men to be in a state of alert to remove trees as and when they fall, flush out water from low-level areas and restore roads for traffic at the earliest.
He also said that people could get in touch with the Corporation to solve rain-related civic problems.