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Updated: October 29, 2012 14:48 IST

Road condition troubles residents

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Coimbatore 28/10/2012: Uncovered manholes of the drainage channel infront of Avila Convent Matriculation Higher Secondary School at Thadagam Road in Coimbatore poses danger to the public. Photo:M.Periasamy.
The Hindu Coimbatore 28/10/2012: Uncovered manholes of the drainage channel infront of Avila Convent Matriculation Higher Secondary School at Thadagam Road in Coimbatore poses danger to the public. Photo:M.Periasamy.

It becomes impossible to drive on the stretch during peak hours

On the western side of the Venkitapuram stretch of Thadagam Road are pits dug to plug leaks in drinking water pipelines. The Corporation has apparently plugged the leaks but not closed the pits.

The unclosed pits sit next to the damage the road suffered on account of the execution of the underground drainage (UGD) work. The loose earth and unclosed pit make the portion of the road out of bounds for the road users.

On the eastern side, the road is again unmotorable as the Corporation is executing the storm water drain (SWD) project. Even as the concrete is under curing, the Corporation has dug a portion of the road next to it to divert the sewage to flow away from the construction area.

This has troubled the road users, who say that during the morning peak hours it becomes impossible to drive. The locality has three private schools and two government schools, serving more than a couple of thousand students.

Former councillor and Venkitapuram resident K. Purushothaman says that the morning and evening traffic moves at a snail’s pace as cars, cabs, autorickshaws and two-wheelers compete with one another to drop and pick up students.

He says that the residents and people who use Thadagam Road have been suffering for more than a year now as the Corporation’s pace of work has been competing with the speed at which the traffic moves during peak hours.

That’s not all. The Corporation has not covered with lids the holes on the SWD slabs, posing a threat to pedestrians and students who walk to school, complaints V. Thirugnanam, a resident. It is a disaster waiting to happen because children could easily fall into the holes and it will be difficult to retrieve them.

He says that the Corporation should at least temporarily close the open holes with wooden planks to avoid accidents.

Sources in the Corporation promised to look into the issue.

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