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Updated: October 21, 2012 02:08 IST

City to get reprieve from rains

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Though rainfall on Saturday was intermittent, it left the city’s roads battered and potholed. Photo: R. Ragu
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Though rainfall on Saturday was intermittent, it left the city’s roads battered and potholed. Photo: R. Ragu

The rain-ravaged city may have a brief respite as rains may decrease on Sunday.

On Saturday, the observatories in Nungambakkam and Meenambakkam received 9.8 mm and 15.2 mm between 8.30 a.m. and 5.30 p.m. Though the rainfall was intermittent, it left the roads battered and potholed, making them extremely unsuitable for motorists.

The Meteorological department forecasts that north coastal Tamil Nadu, including Chennai, may have less rain on Sunday. The trough of low pressure extending from Comorin area to west central bay of south coastal Andhra Pradesh across Gulf of Mannar and southwest bay of Tamil Nadu coast persists. This would bring more rain to south Tamil Nadu.

Residents of some areas complained that incomplete storm water drains had led to inundation even after a spell of rain. S. Kesavram of Mahalingapuram said the trenches dug for constructing the drains remain open and the construction materials are left on the road. The incomplete work, which was started two years ago, has led to water logging in many streets. Residents want the civic body to clear the construction materials and also take up patchwork on damaged portions of roads.

Meanwhile, former Mayor M. Subramanian, in a release, had charged the Corporation with apathy towards tackling monsoon related woes. He said the present civic body administration had failed to expedite work to construct a storm water drain network. Residents have had to endure civic woes of frequent sewage flow, silted storm water drains and resulting dengue fever, he added. “The Corporation must wake up to the urgent needs of the people and expedite works before the monsoon intensifies in the city,” he said.

However, minister for municipal administration and rural development K.P. Munusamy said as the desilting works were completed ahead of schedule, water stagnation on the roads has been alleviated. As per the instructions of the Chief Minister, he said, motor pumps were kept ready to pump out water from subways. The Corporation and the city police are jointly taking measures to avoid traffic snarls owing to uprooted trees, he added.

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Hats off to the women in the pic. Really great humanitarian gesture.
God bless them.

from:  dhiraj kumar garg
Posted on: Oct 21, 2012 at 22:56 IST

Hats off to the woman in the picture n gud work Mr. R. Ragu...thanks a
lot for this picture this really did touch my heart..

from:  Remya Philip
Posted on: Oct 21, 2012 at 21:24 IST

The photo by Ragu deserves a story of its own.

from:  Krishna V V
Posted on: Oct 21, 2012 at 21:24 IST

Yes. Absolutely Moving... It also remind us about our responsibility. Thanks

from:  Mohammed
Posted on: Oct 21, 2012 at 20:40 IST

This picture clearly shows the apathy towards the common man. Kudos to the photographer / editor. It is amazing what we have created in 65 years of running our own country.

from:  Seetha
Posted on: Oct 21, 2012 at 18:12 IST

That photo is really moving.. God bless.

from:  Balu
Posted on: Oct 21, 2012 at 17:07 IST

A photograph that speaks volumes about the spontaneous affection, respect and
care of the poor people. Such affection and care is becoming rare in increasingly
materialistic and self-centred urban life everywhere.

from:  Sathya
Posted on: Oct 21, 2012 at 15:48 IST

True to his words Mr.Subrahmanyam was a better mayor than the present
one who seems to be apathetic and dull-headed in matters of city
administration!.

from:  Akshay Bhatt
Posted on: Oct 21, 2012 at 09:07 IST
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