Citizen’s group members clean culverts in Coonoor

Members of the Clean Coonoor group cleaning a culvert in Coonoor town.  

A citizens’ group in Coonoor is helping the municipality clean up culverts in flood-prone areas.

Members of the Clean Coonoor, the citizens’ group, have identified around 12 culverts that are blocked due to lack of maintenance, leading to an increased chance of flooding, road damage and landslips. This prompted them to undertake the task of cleaning the culverts after obtaining permission from the Coonoor Municipality.

P. J. Vasanthan, a Coonoor resident and a member of the Clean Coonoor group, said that over 20 volunteers zeroed in on blocked culverts that needed to be cleaned so that damage during the monsoons to road surfaces from waterlogging and landslips can be minimised.

“We have already cleaned three culverts, and will start work on the rest shortly,” said Mr. Vasanthan.

“For instance, if there is an area where there are four culverts, of which three are blocked, the water course during the times of intense rainfall will have to flow through a single culvert, and being of increased intensity, could lead to soil erosion and landslips,” he said.

The group has already taken up the work to clean up the town and its surrounding environs.

A few weeks ago, the group collected more than 1.3 tonnes of garbage, including clothes, plastics and fertilizer bags from the highly polluted Laws Falls in Coonoor

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