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NO FREE FLOW: Sewage stagnating near the Railway Colony in Madurai. Photo: K.Ganesan.
NO FREE FLOW: Sewage stagnating near the Railway Colony in Madurai. Photo: K.Ganesan.

Shastry V. Mallady

Plans action against those who block free flow of sewage

MADURAI: The health wing of the Madurai Corporation is initiating action against the Southern Railway (Madurai Division) for blocking free flow of sewage in a storm water drain near the Railway Colony.

Its officials will soon issue a notice to the railway authorities under the Tamil Nadu Public Health Act 1939. The charge against them is that they are blocking the drainage channel near the New Jail Road that runs through the Railway Colony. They are "pumping the sewage" generated in the colony into the channel on the other end near the Travellers' Bungalow Road.

The issue has been brought to the notice of railway officials. "We are initiating action. We are not happy with the hygiene in the Railway Colony," City Health Officer, N. Kathiresan, told The Hindu on Tuesday.

Water stagnation is likely to cause a health hazard in areas adjoining the Railway Colony such as Arapalayam, Karimedu and Pookaratheru.

Water quality in hotels

Following "suspicion" over quality of water being served to customers at a restaurant chain in the city, the corporation officials have decided to collect water samples from the tankers supplying water to them. The samples will be sent to the Water and Sewage Analysis Laboratory at King Institute, Guindy, Chennai, for bacteriological examination. They suspect the quality of water being utilised in a few other restaurants also and its transportation by lorries.

Dr. Kathiresan said a comprehensive entomological report was being prepared covering the corporation limits. Notices would be issued to 25 individuals and restaurants for causing stagnation of water in the next few days.

The City Health Officer said desilting of water channels was now under way as silent breeding of mosquitoes was taking place in the channels. Fogging had been intensified in each ward during daytime and evenings and additional fogging machines were pressed into service to carry out anti-larvae operation.

However, the Integrated Intensified Mosquito Control Programme launched a couple of days ago could be implemented in a better way if more fogging machines were purchased for the corporation, Dr. Kathiresan said. Right now, there were only 11 machines and the civic body required at least five more fogging units, he pointed out.

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