: Chennai Corporation plans to take up with the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation the issue of damage to a portion of the footpath and Langs Garden Road, Pudupet, which was recently laid, for a TANGEDCO work on Friday night.
The Corporation had lodged a complaint with the Egmore police station on Saturday against a TANGEDCO engineer for digging the stretch without seeking permission.
Corporation Commissioner D. Karthikeyan said “We want to ensure that newly laid facilities, particularly roads, should not be dug for six months. We want TANGEDCO to initiate disciplinary action against the officials concerned for digging up without permission.”
This would prevent other government and private agencies from involving in road cuts without permission, he added. Sources in the Corporation said a stretch of 107 metre, including the footpath and portion of the road, was dug for replacing underground cables.
On Monday, TANGEDCO restored the damaged portion and took steps to make payment for the road cut charges. The Corporation road cut charges are Rs.2,668 per sq.m.
According to officials of TANGEDCO, the road margin and portion of footpath was dug up to attend to a fault in the underground cable, which is a vital feeder network. Though they attempted to contact the Corporation officials on Saturday to seek permission for the road cut, they were informed that the officials would be available only on Monday.
Due to the urgency of the job, the officials went ahead with the work to repair the fault.
TANGEDCO Chairman C.P.Singh said he would be speaking to the Corporation Commissioner to avoid such incidents.