Traffic was crippled on Perumbakkam Main Road, one of the important links leading to Rajiv Gandhi Salai from Tambaram and nearby areas, on Monday morning. Due to downpour over the last few days, rainwater run-off from Sithalapakkam, Medavakkam, Perumbakkam, Ottiyambakkam and Jalladampettai had submerged Perumbakkam Main Road.
The 4.5-km road connects Medavakkam on Velachery Main Road and Sholinganallur on Rajiv Gandhi Salai via Perumbakkam. The road was widened at a cost of Rs.6 crore by the Highways Department a few years ago, but damaged in a matter of months.
The road has been in a shambles so long, but problems worsened with the onset of the north east monsoon. The bitumen-topped surface has been ripped off and potholes near Perumbakkam Village Panchayat office, near the Global Hospitals' bus stop and near Wipro Elcot Special Economic Zone posed problems for motorists on Monday morning.
Traffic came to a standstill and it took nothing less than two hours for motorists to reach Sholinganallur from Medavakkam. “This does not happen every day. The road is completely under water and vehicles got trapped in the potholes and hence the delay,” said staff of Tamil Nadu Road Development Corporation.
E. Rajendran, who travels on this stretch every day on his moped, pointed to many other two-wheeler riders like him who were unable to start their vehicles.