Students stay away from classes; speedy action promised
Salem: Students of a few departments of the Government Arts College staged a demonstration demanding measures to prevent water logging in the college premises.
On Saturday and Sunday water stagnated near classrooms of undergraduate students.The students were seen wading through water to reach their classrooms.
"We have been urging the officials for long to dump a few loads of sand to prevent water logging in the college premises. But no steps have been taken up so far. We are facing difficulties in accessing the classrooms due to the stagnation of water," students said.
They further said the drainage channel on Attur Road remained heavily clogged. As a result, the rainwater got stagnated on the collage premises. ``Even a brief spell of rain would cause water logging," they added. Students under the banner of the Students Federation of India engaged in `mock fishing' demanding the college administration take immediate steps to drain the water out. College Principal Chandrasekaran said: "We have asked the public works department officials to take steps to drain the water. The works have already begun and will be completed shortly." The college administration had also asked the Salem Corporation officials to clean the drainage channel, he added. Meanwhile, the College cancelled classes for students due to water logging.
Corporation Commissioner A.M. Selvam inspected a number of low-lying areas which were flooded following heavy rains in the city. Water entered into houses at Anna Nagar, Sanniyasikundu Main Road and Extension Road.
Mr Selvam instructed officials to drain out the stagnated water in many residential colonies immediately. He also asked the officials to remove a tree, which fell on the road in the Gugai area.
Inspecting the construction of drainage canal on Advaitha Ashramam Road, he directed officials to expedite the work. Owing to the construction work, the road was inundated during the rain. He also saw the Corporation maternity and child health centre in Gugai and an anganwadi centre. Senior Corporation officials accompanied the Commissioner during his visit. Rain lashed several parts of Salem district for the second day on Sunday, with Salem recording a maximum rainfall of 48.6 mm. Rainfall recorded in other places are as follows (in mm): Yercaud - 36.2, Mettur - 33.2, Omalur - 46, Edaipadi - 20 and Attur - 15.4.