‘School-going children are the worst affected'
For the residents of Gandhi Nagar Fourth Cross Street at Annathanapatti in ward 50 in the city, rains bring despair.
The residential locality populated by daily labourers who eke out their livelihood from the near-by weaving and dyeing units and sourcing the left out mineral stones from the near-by abandoned quarries, the life after their day's hard toil could never be comfortable.
Their area as per the Salem Corporation is a non-existent one. Of course they live on records and they have also voted for all elections including the ward one.
“But none seems to have any interest in us since we are lesser mortals,” the residents claim.
While the district administration and the civic body are boasting off a series of development works, their area remains untouched by any of these activities.
Whenever it rains, the colony gets water-logged and remains stagnated for days together, thus, offering an ideal place for mosquitoes to breed in thousands. The entire locality has neither a good and motorable road nor drainage facilities. “School-going children are the worst affected,” says a teacher working in a school in the area.
They have no resources to move the civic body by staging agitations, which people in other wards often resort to get their demands met.
They made a plea to the authorities concerned to at least make a few basic amenities such as drainage facilities so that they could live a comfortable life after hard labour during the day.