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First Main Road was full of pothholes after the monsoon last year.
First Main Road was full of pothholes after the monsoon last year.

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During the monsoon, people have to wade through knee-deep waters.

According to a senior employee at the Institute of Mathematical Sciences, representations about the sorry state of the road have been made to the Chief Secretary. “Storm water drain work was done last year but they have not linked it to the canal, so the road gets inundated if it rains continuously for a few hours,” he said. The Institute, for instance, has spent over a lakh to undertake patchwork outside the campus. “We have 165 research scholars and every time they have to step out, the problems they face are many,” he added. A narrow passage from Fourth Cross Street leads to a couple of institutions, Asian College of Journalism and the godown of the Sahitya Academy, but the stretch is a parody of a road. A major part of the First Cross Road is laid but the road connecting Pallipattu and Taramani is pock-marked with potholes. Apart from problems brought on by the monsoon, this street is poorly-lit with very few street lights.

“Girl students on the second shift generally have guardians to pick them up as it is unsafe to walk alone after 7 p.m.,” said V. Raghu, a student of Central Polytechnic College. At Kannagam Road, the streets lights are damaged.

The Institutional Area was so far under the jurisdiction of the Directorate of Technical Education, which would undertake infrastructure work with the help of PWD. It has been handed over to the Corporation now. A corporation official said that work on laying eight roads at CIT Campus will start next weekat a cost of Rs.3.2 crore.

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