Problem involves a street in Perambur

The High Court has come to the rescue of a section of residents of Perambur here, directing the authorities to clear sewage overflowing on their street. A Division Bench comprising Justices D.Murugesan and P.P.S.Janarthana Raja gave the direction while disposing of a writ petition by a resident of Chinniah New Colony.

The petitioner, Praveen Kumar of First Cross Street, said his colony was in Chennai Corporation Ward No.70. Sewage was flowing on his street for nearly four months causing diseases . He sent complaints with photographs to the Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (CMWSSB)'s Managing Director, the Chief Engineer and the Superintending Engineer (North) and the Chennai Corporation's Deputy Commissioner (Health.) A representation signed by all residents was handed over to the local MLA. No action had been taken The residents faced a serious health hazard. Hence, he approached the High Court with the writ petition. The petitioner said there was a school in the colony and the children had no other option except to pass through the stagnated water. During rainy season, the problem worsened as the entire drainage overflows and results in flooding of the streets in the colony. The ‘Thane' cyclone shattered the lives of the residents as sewage entered their houses and the toilets could not be used. The court said the petitioner's grievance required immediate attention of the authorities.

Hence, it was directing the Secretary, Municipal Administration and Water Supply Department and the Chief Engineer, CMWSSB, to look into the grievance and redress the same within three days.

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