The Tiruchi Municipal Corporation took special steps on Tuesday and started a massive cleaning of the 800 ft stretch storm water drainage in the busy Gandhi market by removing the silt that completely blocked the flow of water for the past few years.

More than 80 sanitary workers were pressed into service and earth moving equipments were used to remove the silt and the entire cleaning work will be carried out continuously for four days. The work is being supervised by Corporation city engineer S. Raja Mohamed, City Health Officer K.C. Cheran, executive engineer S. Arunachalam and other officials.

Mayor S. Sujatha convened a meeting of officials including Corporation Commissioner T.T. Balsamy two days ago for taking immediate steps to clean the storm water drainage in the Gandhi market which had caused hardship to the people during the rains and also posed a health hazard.

Official sources said that the shopkeepers near the storm water drainage channels had vacated their shops on their own and facilitated for cleaning of the channels. Silt was removed for a stretch of about 200-ft on Tuesday. They pointed out that all the vegetable and other wastes in the market were being removed twice a day by the sanitary workers.