‘Civic body ill-prepared to face monsoon’


Two spells of heavy showers since Saturday evening have left many of Madurai’s roads inundated. Motorists across four zones of the Corporation allege that the civic body is ill-prepared to face the impending monsoon.

M. Shanmugam, who resides on Mettu street adjacent to the Mariamman Teppakulam points to the irony of a dry tank and pockets of stagnant water along the road.

“If channelised properly, the water could enter the tank and help in groundwater recharge. We do not have sufficient drains along these roads. Instead, it lies wastefully on the road,” he says.

In Zone 1, residents of New Jail Road complain that most road work is incomplete causing motorist to encounter potholes and bad roads. For about two months, the civic body has been laying underground drainage lines in this area.

M. Mohideen Khader who frequents the route, says that they have been several times when he has seen motorists skid along the road. Lake View road in Zone 2 shares a similar plight. In areas like Anuppanadi and Chinna Anuppanadi (Zone 3), the showers seem to have caused ankle-deep stagnation on Koravar street and Susai Michael street.

S. Jeyalalitha, a young resident, says that her school has been issuing notices about hygiene during monsoon. “But it becomes difficult to practise it in bad conditions,” she says.

City Health Officer Sathish Raghavan says that most steps towards insulating the city from major-health related problems have been taken. He says, “We have added liquid chlorine to all major water supply pipelines and we ensure that all tankers are bleached and chlorinated ahead of distribution. We recommend chlorinated water to ensure that diseases do not spread. We have stocked the Urban Primary Health Centres with adequate supply of prophylaxis (disease prevention treatment) to ensure that vector-borne diseases and those spread by rodents are curtailed”.

He added that hotels are being advised to take special care of water and food supply so as to prevent microbiological contamination. Tourists should not be affected, he says.

A source from the Engineering department says that channel clearing is being taken up in some parts but has been stopped ahead of the monsoon. “Bleaching powder is being added to the channels,” adds the source.

A letter from the Editor

Dear reader,

We have been keeping you up-to-date with information on the developments in India and the world that have a bearing on our health and wellbeing, our lives and livelihoods, during these difficult times. To enable wide dissemination of news that is in public interest, we have increased the number of articles that can be read free, and extended free trial periods. However, we have a request for those who can afford to subscribe: please do. As we fight disinformation and misinformation, and keep apace with the happenings, we need to commit greater resources to news gathering operations. We promise to deliver quality journalism that stays away from vested interest and political propaganda.

Support Quality Journalism
Recommended for you
This article is closed for comments.
Please Email the Editor

Printable version | May 30, 2020 3:40:24 AM |

Next Story