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Slushy roads irk people in Fairlands

S.P.Saravanan
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Many roads dug up have become impassable after rain

In poor shape:Slushy roads pose danger to pedestrians and motorists on Sambandam Street in Ward 17 in Salem. -Photo: P. Goutham
In poor shape:Slushy roads pose danger to pedestrians and motorists on Sambandam Street in Ward 17 in Salem. -Photo: P. Goutham

Slushy roads due to intermittent rain has spelt woes for residents of Fairlands who are already battling inaccessible roads due to Under Ground Drainage (UGD) works carried out by the City Municipal Corporation.

The civic body’s ambitious Rs. 149 crore UGD scheme is being carried out in 60 wards in three packages; first package to cover 86.138 k.m, second to cover 150.65 k.m and the third 184.82 k.m.

Though haphazard execution of the project has irked the city residents, many roads have become inaccessible after the rain as roads have turned slushy.

Residents complain that re-laying of dug up roads was carried out at slow pace and pedestrians could not even move out of their houses or motorists park their vehicles.

They complain that trenches dug up to lay pipes remain partially closed as rain water stagnates in the pits. After construction of chambers in the centre of the road to carry sewage and house connections, earthmovers were used to close the pits. Though civic body engineers said that only after completing work on a single stretch of a street they were moving to the next street, residents said that it normally takes 5 to 10 days to close the pits.

“The situation worsens after that as the entire area turns slushy,” said a resident in Sambandam Street in Ward 17.

The civic body had already disbursed Rs. 15 crore to the contractors and has asked for another Rs. 17 crore from the government.

But tar topping was completed only in two streets with house connection work and digging work carried out in many places.

Over 300 workers are involved in the UGD work that is expected to be completed by December 2013.

Corporation Commissioner M. Ashokan told The Hindu that work has been speeded up and the contractor was asked to complete one stretch of a street at a time.

Clayey soil was removed on a few roads and alternative traffic arrangements had been made in a few places, he added.

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