Chennai

Chennai Corporation delays removal of polluted silt

Officials say they have completed 80% of the desilting work.

Officials say they have completed 80% of the desilting work.   | Photo Credit: File photo

Residents cite health risks

The contractors who desilted stormwater drains have failed to clear the dirt from roads and footpaths, causing inconvenience to people.

The Greater Chennai Corporation announced the launch of desilting work two weeks ago, setting a 15-day deadline for completion of the work ahead of the northeast monsoon’s onset. But many contractors, who have been awarded the 311 packages, have not cleared the silt from the roads and footpaths.

Residents living close to drains that were polluted by illegal sewage inlets have requested civic officials to remove the waste-laden silt. Over 70% of the stormwater drains along the 471 main roads and 33,000 interior roads have been polluted by illegal sewage inlets from houses and commercial establishments.

‘Removal this week’

Corporation officials said they have completed 80% of the work on desilting 2,000 km of drains in the city. “We will remove the silt after it has dried. Transporting it in wet condition will lead to pollution of many roads. Silt cleared by workers from all the roads will be removed this week,” an official of the Corporation said.

“Many roads have been desilted in the past two weeks. But the silt which was removed has not been cleared even after it has dried. The silt is polluted, affecting public health in areas such as Arumbakkam and Nungambakkam. A sudden spell of rain will lead to clogging of drains again,” former Corporation Council floor leader V. Sukumar Babu said.

“The workers claim they did not use plastic bags to pack the silt because of the ban,” Mr. Babu said.

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