Rain spells misery in Lakshmipuram

Inundation and sewage overflow are among a raft of problems residents of this locality face when the skies open up

September 19, 2015 05:42 pm | Updated 05:42 pm IST - Chennai

Residents say they have made several requests to the Municipality to have the drains de-silted. Photo: G. Krishnaswamy

Residents say they have made several requests to the Municipality to have the drains de-silted. Photo: G. Krishnaswamy

When the land is in the grip of a scorching heat, it is natural for residents to hope for rains that would provide them some respite from it. However, residents of Lakshmipuram Extension First Street and Second Street, West Tambaram, would prefer the summer heat to the rains. In their neck of the woods, rain spells misery, inundation and sewage overflow.

“The Tambaram Municipality began the construction of Under Ground Drainage (UGD) channels in 1999 and completed the work in 2012. However, the UGD system has not be connected to the main discharge point even now. The problem can be attributed to the slowdown in construction of a pumping station at West Tambaram,” residents said.

The pumping station is being constructed to send sewage from Tambaram Municipality to the Perungudi Sewage Treatment Plant (STP). The construction of the pumping station is being carried out by the Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (CMWSSB). The residents have paid Rs.7,000 each for the UGD system.

“We have given several petitions to the authorities concerned including the sanitary officer and the sanitary inspector of the Tambaram Municipality and the elected representatives to cover the drains and take up the issue with the CMWSSB to expedite the project. However, no action has been taken so far in this regard,” residents pointed out.

Adding insult to injury, sewage seeps into the drinking water sumps where residents collect drinking water frintoom Palar river. As many people have wells in their homes that are fitted with Reverse Osmosis (RO) units, they were able to manage the crisis.

“Rather than focussing on constructing the pumping station at the earliest, the Tambaram Municipality is raising the height of the cement road by over one foot. This move has only aggravated the problem as sewage flows into houses and a few residents. As a result of this, a few residents have increased the height of vehicle ramp at their gate,” said R. Jayaseelan David, a resident.

Residents say they have made several requests to the Municipality to have the drains de-silted.

“After de-silting the drains, workers dump the silt on the road. The waste remains uncleared for days on end. Whenever it rains, this silt is carried by rainwater into the drains.

Due to this, the sewage becomes stagnant, thus becoming a breeding ground for mosquitoes,” A.R.N. Ashok Kumar, a resident, said.

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