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Corpn. sets deadline for stormwater drains

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Work at 42 locations in the city must be completed by November 3, agencies told

The Chennai Corporation has set a deadline of November 3 for completion of work on stormwater drains at 42 locations in various parts of the city.

Flood monitoring officers in all 15 zones of the Corporation have inspected locations where work on stormwater drains has not been completed. After the floods in 2015, the State government had appointed flood monitoring officials to assess flood preparedness and suggest measures to prevent waterlogging in the city. The officers had identified 462 locations with waterlogging and suggested construction of new stormwater drains.

The civic body prepared estimates for the project and received a funding of ₹290 crore under the Chennai Mega City Development Mission. A total of ₹15 crore was also released under the Chennai Smart City Mission for the development of drains. Other sources of funding were also used by the civic body.

Rise in water levels

Work on most stormwater drains proposed in areas such as T. Nagar, Nungambakkam, Chepauk and Triplicane have been completed. For example, the Parthasarathy temple tank in Triplicane recorded a rise in water levels after completion of works.

On Thursday, the civic body convened a meeting of all line agencies to assess flood preparedness in the city. Officials of the line agencies pointed to the challenges reported in each of the 42 locations, and the reasons for the delay in completion of the work. Work on drains in the 42 locations will be completed in 10 days, said an official.

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