K. Lakshmi

Progress of work slow, complain residents

CHENNAI: Roads in the western suburbs including those in the Ambattur industrial hub are in a battered state.

While motorists plying on the arterial roads have to endure a `dustbowl ride' amid heavy traffic, the condition of most interior roads is equally bad as they have long been lying unpaved for.

Traffic on the MTH road connecting the city and Tiruvallur with several suburbs is chaotic, especially during rush hours as vehicles have to run on the little space available. With a recent drive to remove encroachments in a few areas as part of the road-widening work, motorists look forward to a better deal.

Several main roads in Ambattur are in for a facelift with the municipality taking up the long-pending work on 169 roads at a cost of Rs.10 crore. However, residents complained that the work was progressing at a snail's pace.

To add to the residents' woes, gravel and other materials required for blacktopping have been heaped on the interior roads of Bhanu Nagar, Korattur and Oragadam, choking vehicular movement. For instance, the residents of Eswaran Koil Street adjacent the Gandhi Main Road, Oragadam, are unable to access the roads as the entire stretch has been piled with gravel.

The Kallikuppam Road near Pudur typifies the neglect that residents allege is manifest in the municipal areas.

Despite being a key road that lessens the detour to Ambattur from Retteri, the road has been waiting for blacktopping for several years now. The access roads to railway roads at Pattaravakkam and Ambattur are badly damaged. So too are the interior roads at Ram Nagar, Lenin Nagar and parts of Korattur and Padi.

Though the residents of Mogappair West have been demanding for proper infrastructure, motorists still travel on the dusty roads with large craters and pot-holes.

They complain that they often end up paying for vehicle repairs almost on a monthly basis, all owing to pot-holed stretches.

Several damaged stretches on Mogappair East increase the risk of accidents.

A municipal official said that work had been completed on 62 roads including interior ones in 15 areas such as Thiruvengadapuram, Vijayalakshmipuram and Krishnapuram. Parts of the Ayapakkam Road adjacent the Ambattur lake, which were damaged because of heavy lorry traffic, were being re-laid by the municipality. Pending works in Mogappair West and other uncovered areas would be taken in next phase. However, blacktopping of six arterial roads such as Vavin Road, Korattur Central and East Avenues are yet to be completed. Plans are on to lay cement roads in the next phase, he added.

The roads in Ambattur running for about 430 km would be re-laid in three months, the official assured.