The pre-monsoon showers in the city have left an indelible mark on the roads of Mogappair in the western suburbs of the city. School children using Goodwill Road behind the newly revamped Mogappair West Bus Terminus face a lot of problems. The road connecting Bharathi Salai with Kavimani Salai lies in a very bad shape, with potholes and craters making it dangerous for students and motorists using it.
The lorries plying from Metrowater Zone 7 filling station opposite the Government Higher Secondary School have caused the road to give way.
M. Rajendran, a worker from Mogappair West, says water enters the school campus even when there a light shower. Children find it difficult to negotiate the pothole-filled stretch. But no action has been initiated by Chennai Corporation to repair the road. There are no proper storm water drains as well.
A resident said that concrete road was laid only a couple of years ago. “When the concrete road was laid, the residents were assured that it would last longer than tar ones. But the road gave way after a couple of spells of rain,” said M. Sivasankari, a resident of Kavimani Salai.
Though the Mogappair area has seen population explosion, it lags behind in infrastructure development. The roads and streets have not been properly maintained. Many streets in the 7 Block adjoining First Main Road off Mogappair Eri Scheme need re-laying. With Meteorological Department predicting report that more rain in the coming days the situation is likely to get worse.
Meanwhile, P. Tamilselvan, Congress Councillor, said the road laying work was in progress in many parts of Mogappair West and should be completed in one and a half months.