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Vehicle users battle it out on rain-battered roads in Coimbatore

S.P.Saravanan
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Two-wheeler riders find it difficult to drive on damaged stretches

Not a stream: The flooded Selvapuram Bypass Road in Coimbatore. – Photo: K.Ananthan
Not a stream: The flooded Selvapuram Bypass Road in Coimbatore. – Photo: K.Ananthan

Though heavy rain in the past few days helped improve the storage level in the city's tanks and water bodies, the rain that brought respite to people inflicted hardship on them too in the form of extensive damage to the city roads.

People using motorcycles and scooters found it difficult to drive through the damaged stretches.

The Selvapuram Bypass Road was on Thursday a picture of utter chaos because of slush and waterlogging. The condition of the road led to vehicles getting into the already-congested Perur Road.

Raghuram, a shop owner said that the motorists are the worst-affected because of the bad roads as it not only damaged vehicles, but also had a lasting impact on the spinal cord. He questioned the quality of the road, which was laid two months ago, which could not withstand even a week's rain. He sought accountability of the contractors for the poor roads laid out with tax payers' money.

A Coimbatore Corporation official blamed the situation on dumping of waste materials and debris along the Ukkadam Tank.

According to him, this led to waterlogging. Stagnant water led to the wearing off of the tar surface of the road.

He also pointed out that the underground drainage works and the delay in restoring the surface had aggravated the damage to the surface on many other city roads.

Action plan

The civic body was working on an action plan to restore the roads to motorable condition, when rain stopped. But, the North-East Monsoon has just begun and major repair works may not be possible immediately.

The city's arterial roads have suffered their share of damage too. Potholes have sprung up on many roads, turning driving a nightmarish experience.

Sheets of stagnant rainwater conceal the potholes from two-wheeler riders.

They come to know of the problem only after hitting the potholes.

The city's arterial roads including Avinashi Road, Mettupalayam Road and Trichy Road have suffered extensive damages in the rain.

Instead of waiting for the monsoon to end, the civic body can close the potholes.

Major repairs should be done by May because the South West Monsoon will set in during June, says K. Kathirmathiyon, secretary of Coimbatore Consumer Cause (CCC).

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