A dilapidated overhead tank is posing a danger to residents and disrupting traffic in the area. Liffy Thomas reports
A defunct overhead water tank on Adhi Naidu Street, near Villivakkam Bus Terminus, is posing a threat to the safety of residents. Not just that, the dilapidated structure is hindering free flow of traffic.
While one portion of the roof has been partly demolished with red bricks standing exposed, huge cracks can be seen in the remaining structure, so much so that that offshoot of a tree can be seen growing out of it. The base of the overhead tank is also littered with garbage.
As per an inscription etched on the building, the overhead tank was opened on May 25, 1965 under the Village Work Programme of the Villivakkam Panchayat Board. For more than 10 years now, the tank has been lying defunct.
Adhi Naidu Street, near Kalpana Bus Stop is an important stretch as it connects hundreds of motorists from Chennai Tiruvalluar High Road to New Avadi Road. But, the water tank which stands at the end of the street eats up much of the space of the 30-40 ft. road.
This was a lifeline for residents of the area as the water was supplied to many homes. Now that it is defunct it will be good if it is pulled down before it causes some danger,” says Kumar, whose resides very close to the tank. The base of the structure was once used as an office by the Metro Water Department.
According to K. Ramadoss, president of Ayanavaram Civic Exnora, there is no point in safeguarding a defunct structure. As the structure is an encroachment, removing it will relive congestion near Nathamuni Theatre, he adds.