Poor roads trouble Venkitapuram residents

Amman Kovil Street at Venkitapuram in the city has turned slushy after it was haphazardly closed following underground drainage work. Photo: K. Ananthan  

Amman Koil Street in Venkitapuram is anything but a pathway to the residential colonies that are on the west. Sewage from the nearby Corporation Primary School in Venkitapuram flows into the slushy pit that makes riding two-wheelers, driving four-wheelers or even walking through it, a difficult affair.

The residents of the Street, R.K.N. Layout, Vasantham Nagar and other areas were having a difficult time getting out of their houses and returning home, said Devaraj, a resident. He said the situation had improved over the past few days as there was no rain in the area.

When it had rained it was worse, said a teacher of the school. “I had no other way to reach the school but to walk in the knee-deep slush,” she said.

She was not alone in her suffering. The children too had suffered.

Mr. Devaraj said that the reason for the slushy road was that the Corporation had failed to clean the drains which were full to the brim with silt.

After laying the underground drainage main sewer line, the Corporation did not bother to remove the earth and silt that had fallen into the drain.

As a result, the drain could not carry the water to the disposal point and the roads remained inundated.

Pointing to the silt-filled drain, he said that the Corporation should initiate efforts to remove silt and level the road at the earliest so that the residents did not suffer the impact of the next spell of rain.

K. Purushothaman, a resident and former councillor, said that the drain in Venkitapuram carried rain water from Velandipalayam and areas north thereof. For the drain to carry the heavy inflow, it should be clean but it was not, he said.

Sources in the Corporation said that while they were taking efforts to remove the silt from the drain, they needed time to level the road because they were yet to provide house service connections from the main sewer line.

Levelling the road and digging it once again to provide the house service connection would not serve any purpose.

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