With the North-East monsoon round the corner, residents of Ambattur and Mogappair expect storm-water drains that are clogged with garbage, silt and plastic waste to be cleared, reports T. MADHAVAN
For more than a decade now, the open storm-water drains around many thoroughfares in Ambattur Industrial Estate could be found clogged with garbage, plastic waste and silt. Residents of Ambattur and Mogappair alleged that during the last monsoon, several areas remained inundated under three-feet of water. In order to prevent the same this year, they wanted to clear the drain as early as possible.
M. Shankar of Ambattur OT said “The canal is clogged along Ambit Park Road, Second Main Road and Third Main Road. The local body should clean the canal and cover it with concrete slabs to prevent dumping of garbage into it.”
In addition to the existing ones, new storm-water drains were constructed in January 2011 in Paari Salai, Mogappair. A senior-citizen from Park Road said that as the new drain was too narrow it would take more time to drain the rainwater that flowed in from all directions. “The storm-water drains need to be connected for free flow,” he added. “We have requested the Ambattur zone officials to connect the big canal with the main storm-water drain on Ambattur Industrial Estate Road,” he said.
Another resident, V. Rajagopal, said that the 50-feet-wide canal, which passed from Ambattur Industrial Estate through Srinivasa Nagar, Akshaya Colony and Officers Colony Extension, Jeevan Bhima Nagar and joined the main canal in Padi Pudhu Nagar, had shrunk to five-feet in various stretches. Whenever it rains, Akshaya Colony and Officers Colony were the worst affected.