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Protest: Residents living along Valankulam staging a road blockade on Trichy Road in the city on Monday after their houses were inundated in the rain. — Photo: K. Ananthan.
Protest: Residents living along Valankulam staging a road blockade on Trichy Road in the city on Monday after their houses were inundated in the rain. — Photo: K. Ananthan.

Around 500 men, women and children living along the Valankulam blocked Trichy Road, near State Bank of India, on Monday, demanding permanent solution to the frequent problem of inundation.

Residents of Muthumariamman Colony and Elgi Mattasalai demanded that the sluices be opened to let excess water out of the tank as there was a possibility of the bund getting breached due to heavy inflow.

Water-borne diseases

They said that they were repeatedly affected with water-borne diseases and that they suffering without respite for the last 50 years.

The residents said that with another spell of rain expected any time soon, water would not drain and houses would get damaged.

Minor scuffle broke out when a former councillor of the area, Vijay Ravi tried to talk to the officials present there. Following stiff opposition from the protestors, the police took him away.

Revenue Divisional Officer, Coimbatore, S. Santhakumar, inspected the residential areas and promised action. But the protestors sought in writing that actions would be taken.

They continued their protest. Only after the police tried to remove them, they dispersed.

Sluices

On hearing about the demand to open the sluices, the residents near Sungam roundabout protested saying if the sluice gates were to be opened, their localities would be submerged.

They too tried to block the road, which was prevented by the police personnel.

Traffiic hit

The two protests affected traffic flow on Trichy Road for three hours from 8.30 a.m. Police had to divert vehicles through Race Course Road.

Earlier, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Hema Karunakaran, Inspectors T.H. Ganesan, R. Srinivasalu held talks with the protestors. MLA R. Doraiswamy inspected the area.

Likewise, houses in Gandhinagar, Periyarnagar, Ganeshapuram and on Eswaran Streets were inundated and residents tried to block the roads, but police prevented them.

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