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PROBLEM PILED UP: Silt removed from storm water drains dumped on Shastri Road at Ramnagar in the city. - Photo: Periasamy
PROBLEM PILED UP: Silt removed from storm water drains dumped on Shastri Road at Ramnagar in the city. - Photo: Periasamy

K.V. Prasad

FaceofCoimbatore It negates the Corporation's efforts to remove blocks in the drains

COIMBATORE: This one worsens the agony of pedestrians. On a stretch already narrow and with no sidewalks for pedestrians, mounds of silt removed from storm water drains reduce road space.

Shastri Road in Ramnagar is already a chaotic stretch with four eateries drawing a large number of people during afternoon and in the evening. It is the busiest of the sub-roads in Ramnagar that is used by people from R.S. Puram and Flower Bazaar area to reach Dr. Nanjappa Road and Avanashi Road. Traffic in the return direction is very heavy from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Now, the silt has pushed pedestrians into the road and left them facing the risk of getting hit by vehicles. Motorcyclists and car drivers curse pedestrians when they come in front of the moving vehicles, often forcing them to hit the brake suddenly. But, the pedestrians have no option. There is no footpath on this road and they have to encroach the vehicles' space. The silt too does not seem to have any option. They cannot be deposited on the other side of the drains as the shops are located close by.

Normally, earth excavated when pits are dug for cable laying or repairs to them should be piled up on the other side of the pits and not on the road. But, in the case of Shastri Road, the other side is lined up with shops or houses. The silt will have to be put virtually at their doorstep.

Shopkeepers point out that when excavated earth has to be retained along the road for filling up the pit, there is no justification in the silt lying on the road. They should have been removed immediately and not just transferred from the drainage to the road.

A similar situation prevails on the N.S.R. Road in Saibaba Colony. Though this stretch is wider than the one in Ramnagar, heavy bus traffic and poor condition of pavements inflict a similar problem on people using this road also. Another thoroughfare affected by this problem is the State Bank Road on which zonal offices of two nationalised banks, a railway junction, a fire station and many other Government establishments are located. Silt lies along Abdul Raheem Road in Race Course also.

Leaving the silt along the road has actually negated the Coimbatore Corporation's efforts to remove blocks in the drains across the city to avoid flooding of roads during monsoon.

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