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RAISING A STINK: Sewage stagnates in the area adjacent to the Grand Southern Trunk Road at Pallavaram.
RAISING A STINK: Sewage stagnates in the area adjacent to the Grand Southern Trunk Road at Pallavaram.

K. Manikandan

Residents attribute the problem to road-digging work for underground drainage project

“These mini-‘reservoirs’ of sewage would become potential health hazards to residents and also motorists”

TAMBARAM: Sewage and effluents discharged from industrial units in Nagalkeni and Pallavaram areas have been stagnating on Grand Southern Trunk Road in Pallavaram for nearly one month, posing problems to residents and motorists alike.

Residents attributed the problems to road-digging works by Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board that is executing the underground drainage work in Pallavaram Municipality. They said the on going work on the road over bridge by State Highways Department is also a contributing factor.

As massive digging works were on to sink the sewers, the natural flow of the sewage and effluents to a drain across the culvert (minor bridge) on GST Road was affected and hence, the stagnation on road margins.

Residents of Nagalkeni said they have been facing this problem for a long while, but the problem had worsened in the last month. The sewage and effluents were untreated and found their way into the Pallavaram ‘Periya Eri’ after passing through a series of meandering drains built under GST Road and the railway lines.

Officials said they had to keep a check on the drain of these effluents as road-digging to sink the sewers was important. They hoped to complete the work in the weeks to come and that would put an end to the residents’ problems.

They said the construction of road overbridges in Pallavaram and Tambaram had led to the formation of huge trenches into which sewage from nearby shops had drained off, creating a cesspool.

The local people have expressed the fear that these mini ‘reservoirs’ of sewage would become potential health hazards to residents and also motorists.

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