ERODE: It is a gurgling stream - odai in local parlance - that runs for a couple of kilometres from Kollampalayam to Konavaikkaal. In the absence of a proper name, residents and revenue authorities refer to her as just odai. Today, the odai is a shadow of her former self. That she carries coloured water with a stench and borders many a dyeing and bleaching factories have been reported. But it does not end there.
The Revenue record says the width of the odai at the starting point is 17.2 metres. The reality is sharply contrasting. Heaps of waste, mostly garbage, and construction debris have reduced the width. The odai is more a sewage. A number of houses have also come up along her banks at Kollampalayam.
Down the steam the odai is supposed to have a width of 27.4m. This again appears to be only on paper. At the end point at Konavaikkaal, where the odai joins with the Kalingarayan Canal, the Revenue record says the odai has a width of 15.4 metres. The maximum width in her present condition may not exceed 15 feet.
On one side of the odai is a processing company; on the other is a small locality called Sukkan Thottam, most houses in which are unapproved layouts. Residents of the Thottam say they want the Revenue Department to measure the present width and remove encroachments.