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Inundation, scarcity of sand delay construction of culvert

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Work to resume soon; to be completed in two months

Long-pending:Delay in the construction of a culvert at the Maniakaranpalayam Road - Periyar Nagar junction in the city inconveniences road-users.— Photo: M. Periasamy
Long-pending:Delay in the construction of a culvert at the Maniakaranpalayam Road - Periyar Nagar junction in the city inconveniences road-users.— Photo: M. Periasamy

Scarcity of sand and inundation because of rainwater, it appears, are delaying the construction of a culvert across the Sanganur canal in Maniakaranpalayam.

The Corporation is constructing the culvert at a cost of Rs. 15 lakh to provide access to Maniakaranpalayam Road to Periyar Nagar residents. The residents were commuting on a makeshift culvert.

Councillor of the area, which comes under Ward 71, P. Rajkumar says a permanent structure has been a long-pending demand of the area residents.

The Corporation passed a resolution to construct the culvert a few months ago and the contractor started work soon after the Model Code of Conduct was lifted after the declaration of the Assembly election results.

The contractor took up the work but could not make enough progress because of the scarcity of sand. Sources said the contractor could not get enough sand because of the shortage of supply from sand mines in Karur. Most of the contractors in the district get sand from Karur.

Sources in the Corporation's engineering wing said that rainwater inundation at the construction site was another reason.

In the recent rain, water has flooded the area.

The contractor had engaged a motor to pump out the water, they said and added that work would resume there after a short delay.

They said that the work would be completed in two months and thereafter the culvert would be thrown open to the public.

The culvert is one of the several projects that have been delayed because of the limited availability of sand.

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