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Water lorries rattle residents

Residents complain that huge water-logged pits have developed on the stretch as a result of the regular movement of tankers. Photo: G. Krishnaswamy  

While residents in various parts of the city are faced with acute water scarcity, those of Annai Theresa Nagar Fourth Street, Puzhuthivakkam, are battling a different problem. Constant movement of water lorries, under contract with the Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (CMWSSB), to the filling stations on the street has taken a toll on the road.

The street has a water filling point for tankers and there are two of other points on the Street’s extension. The drinking water is sourced from Velachery Metrowater depot (through underground pipes) and will be stored at a sump at the Ullagaram-Puzhuthivakkam Annai Theresa Nagar filling point. The tankers are filled with the water stored in the sump are then distributed to nearby areas. The filling point on the street is a source point for tankers to collect water. Residents complain that huge water-logged pits have developed on the stretch as a result of the regular movement of tankers. Another problem resulting from this is noise pollution.

“In 2011, we submitted a petition to the CMWSSB officials, requesting that the water-filling point be shifted to the Street’s extension, where more vacant space is available. We identified a spot for thepoint and informed the officials that the spot could be used as an alternative filling point for Fourth Street. If the filling point was shifted, it would bring great relief to a number of residents, especially senior citizens, on Fourth Street,” the residents said.In 2012, the CMWSSB, Area 14, Puzhuthivakkam, wrote a letter to Zone 14, Greater Chennai Corporation, to lay the road to shift the water filling point from Fourth Street to Fourth Street Extension.

“Before the end of the year, the civic body had laid the road for the filling point. CMWSSB erected a filling point at the Street Extension, but without closing the point at Fourth Street,” R. Sivakumar, said.

The members of Annai Theresa Nagar Residents Welfare Association said, “For the past three years, we have been writing a series of letters to the CMWSSB officials to draw their attention in this regard. However, almost all our representations have gone in vain.

In 2013, the chief superintendent and area engineers of CMWSSB promised residents that the filling point would be closed. However, it was closed only for 10 days,” Sivakumar added.During the same year, the CMWSSB, in co-ordination with the civic body, laid a cement road and canals on both sides of the stretch for water storing points.However, owing to the constant movement of tankers, the road was damaged and a patchwork carried out by the officials damaged the canals too. Residents complain that tar-topping that had been done bythe Corporation in 2014 was damaged too.“The water from the tankers, mostly driven by youngsters, overflows and spills onto the stretch, leading to constant water stagnation. The stretch has become a breeding ground for mosquitoes, forcing us to close the windows and doors throughout the day,” S. Sulochana, a resident, said.“The point on Fourth Street should be closed and a concrete road laid (without increasing the height),” residents added. When contacted, the CMWSSB officials said they would take steps to resolve the issue at the earliest.


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