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Underground drainage work to take four months

Not yet completed:Delay in construction of culvert and laying of underground drainage on Ayyasamy Road in Shevapet forces over 2,000 lorries to take a detour and travel extra distance every day in Salem.-PHOTO: P. GOUTHAM
Not yet completed:Delay in construction of culvert and laying of underground drainage on Ayyasamy Road in Shevapet forces over 2,000 lorries to take a detour and travel extra distance every day in Salem.-PHOTO: P. GOUTHAM

It is almost seven months now that vehicles began moving on the busy Ayyasamy Road in Shevapet as it was closed for construction of culverts and road heightening works by the City Municipal Corporation.

The hardship to the public and commercial vehicles would continue for another four months as the road would be opened for transportation only after completion of the under ground drainage work that began recently.

The road, about 800 metre length, serves as a link between Anna Bridge and Lee Bazaar Road near Goods Shed, as more than 2,100 lorries transport provisions, millets, commodities and other items to the market.

With complaints of sewage stagnating on the road due to presence of huge pits, movement of vehicles was difficult and after much public outcry, the civic body decided to relay the road.

The drain was given concrete structure and a culvert was constructed. It took almost five months for the civic body to complete the work.

The height of the road was also increased by about one foot. After that, autorickshaws and two-wheelers started to move on the road.

But the road was again dug for underground drainage works, for which laying of main feeder pipelines would take another two to three months to complete.

Corporation engineers said that tar topped road would be laid and opened for traffic after four months.

However, lorry drivers said that only two to three persons carry out the work every day and little progress was made on a daily basis.

“We cannot take additional two kilometres to reach the destination that is just 800 metres from here. Heavy movement of lorries causes traffic congestion. We demand that the work should be completed at the earliest,” they added.

They argued that if the civic body can construct a canteen in 25 days time, why should road work be delayed for more than eight months.

N.P. Margabandu, councillor, ward 28 told The Hindu that inferior pipelines were supplied by the contractor earlier and arrival of quality pipelines is delaying the project.

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