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T. MADHAVAN
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To prevent inundation: Work underway on Park Road, Anna Nagar West. Photo: M. Vedhan
To prevent inundation: Work underway on Park Road, Anna Nagar West. Photo: M. Vedhan

Residents of Anna Nagar West and surrounding areas are leaving a sigh of relief as the Ambattur Municipality has started constructing storm water drains on important thoroughfares.

Park Road in Anna Nagar West, which connects CTH Road with Industrial Estate Road, use to be inundated whenever it rained.

Poor maintenance

“Poor maintenance of the constructed storm water drain on one side has been stated as the reason for the imbroglio,” says J. Prahladh, a resident of Park Road. A few years ago, the drain was completely damaged and no steps have been taken to reconstruct it till now, he adds.

Last year, workers from Ambattur Municipality had to dig up a channel on the other side of the road to drain the rain water, as the storm water drain was unable to take the heavy flow of rain water from all parts of Ambattur Industrial Estate Road.

Construction of new storm water drains, supplementing the existing ones, started about a month ago. According to sources, the work is likely to go on till April end.

Similar construction works are taking place at Paari Salai in Mogappair. The storm water drain construction work, which starts from Sector 3, goes up to Valayapathi Salai intersection. It will be connected to the bigger drain on Valayapathy Salai.

Narrow drain

A senior citizen from Park Road points out that this new storm water drain is narrow and it will take more time to drain the rainwater that flows from all directions of the locality. Moreover, the storm water drain will not serve its purpose, because the water inlets will get blocked, thereby resulting in flooding of water on the road. Action should be taken to control flooding and steps should be taken to link the storm water drains for free flow, he added. “We request the authorities to extend the construction work up to Padi Flyover. The existing storm water drain on other side has to be taken care of by clearing the rubble and garbage in it,” says Velayudham, a retired school teacher.

“With no one to answer the queries at the Municipality office, we may have to wait till the elections are over. But, by that time, the construction work may also be completed,” adds Velayudham.

T. MADHAVAN

Though Anna Nagar residents are happy about the construction of a storm water drain, they want it to be extended till Padi Flyover.

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