Sewage stagnates in PT Colony, prevents easy movement

Overflowing drainage at Karumbalai and PT Colony intersection in Madurai on Wednesday.

Overflowing drainage at Karumbalai and PT Colony intersection in Madurai on Wednesday.  

Complaints to local administration, civic body have yielded no result: residents

In Karumbalai’s Puratchi Thalaivar Colony, drainage freely flows onto the streets, say residents.

Sewage bubbles out of manholes every alternate day when water is supplied by the City Corporation to the area. When it rains, it gets worse.

However, complaints to the District Administration and the local body has yielded no results.

On Wednesday, households are busy pumping water and storing it in brightly coloured pots to ensure storage for two days. However, drainage too snakes parallelly on the poorly maintained road, which was last laid about 100 years ago.

Karumbalai is a thickly populated area in Madurai with 3,000 households, a majority of them from poor socio-economic backgrounds.

Only three years ago, a housing board complex was constructed by the District Administration to ease congestion in the area. It is located close to the Collectorate and the City Corporation office. However, residents say the area still lacks basic necessities.

According to A. Saraswathi, who has lived in PT Colony for over 50 years, the continuous flow of drainage causes unbearable stench and leads to immediate spread of diseases.

“Whenever they begin supplying drinking water, the roads also become choked with drainage. Since it is summer now, young children end up playing on the streets through the day and, hence, step on the dirty water. They end up falling sick," she says.

Ten-year-old S. Mugilarasan agrees. He says their daily playtime is affected.

His mother says that he has already been treated for dengue last year. The drainage also leads to incessant mosquito breeding.

V. Samandham, another resident of the area, says commuting comes to a standstill. “Nobody is able to walk to the nearest store to purchase a packet of milk on such days.”

S. Vikki, Coordinator for the Police Boys and Girls Club, Karumbalai, says the City Corporation’s redressal mechanism is poor.

“When we complain to the local body, members of the drainage clearance team arrive. They take a couple of hours to clean the block in the pipeline. They throw out all the waste right next to the manhole. All the garbage keeps drying in the middle of the road without later being cleaned by conservancy workers. It later just becomes part of our dirty road,” he says.

He adds that the Corporation has failed to device a plan to permanently stop the flow of sewage here.

The public has complained to the District Administration and the Corporation with evidence of drinking water mixed with drainage, photos of the locations and the dried garbage. No action is yet to be taken, he rues.

An engineer who does not wish to be named, says that the main sewage line gets blocked only on rare occasions.

“We address problems immediately,” he says.

He denies that sewage regularly flows on the streets.

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