A routine block leads the corporation officials to major encroachments on a drain in Central Bus Stand area
The cause of repeated blocks in the sewage drain in the central bus stand area was at last traced by the Tiruchirapalli City Corporation authorities to the construction of several permanent structures, including a mini hall by a private hotel on Williams Road.
Overflowing wastewater from the drain has been common at various places in the area. The civic authorities used to deal with the problem with ad hoc measures such as removing plastic water bottles and other non-degradable waste material from the manhole.
Last week, the efforts of civic staff to clear blockage at a private hotel led them to another block in the vicinity. They went on digging the earth on the Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation campus to get the root of the problem — a mini hall constructed by a private hotel near the TTDC campus on the drain.
A team of officials, led by V.P. Dhandapani, Corporation Commissioner, are baffled as to how permission was accorded for constructing the mini hall on the drain. There are about 12 major hotels and restaurants located on Williams Road, McDonalds Road, and Rockins Road – all in the vicinity of the bus stand.
"Apart from health hazard, the stinking and overflowing channels poses a traffic hazard to road users," says C. Balasubramanian, district president of Exnora, who had been cautioning the civic authorities about the adverse impact of these encroachments as early as 2005 when the city witnessed floods.
As a steady stream of buses and two-wheelers pass through the road, pedestrians get a shower of muck splashed by these vehicles.
"Hotels and restaurants discharge sewage and waste material. We have made it mandatory for hotels to build diaphragm chambers to prevent such material from entering the drains at 29 major hotels in the city," Mr. Dhandapani said.
As for the construction of the mini hall, he says that a survey on the extent of corporation land would be taken up at the central bus stand area.