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DOWN DUSTY ROADS

Karumariyamman Koil Street, Taramani . Photo: M. Karunakaran

Karumariyamman Koil Street, Taramani . Photo: M. Karunakaran   | Photo Credit: M_Karunakaran;M_Karunakaran -

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Interior roads in two localities on Taramani-Velachery Link Road have not been black-topped for three years, reports LIFFY THOMAS

When it comes to sewerage and supply of metro water, residents of Mahatma Gandhi Nagar and Thanti Periyar Nagar in Taramani have little to complain about. Pipelines for both were laid nearly three years ago.

Every alternate day, residents get water supply. Their unhappiness has to do with something else: the state of the interior roads, which have not been bitumen-topped or concreted for at least three years now. These two colonies are on either side of Taramani-Velachery Link Road.

At the entrance of Thanti Periyar Nagar, you are welcomed with pebbled dust and potholes.

At its entrance, Mahatma Gandhi Road greets you with puddles of stagnant water.

Many of the roads in these colonies were damaged while setting up sewerage and some others, when residents took up construction work.

“It is understandable if the roads are left without a black topping because sewerage and metro water work have to be carried out, but these colonies have got these civic amenities and it is not proper to leave the roads in such a state after that,” says S.P. Gandhi, a resident of Bharathiar Street.

MG Nagar has more than 20 streets and is used by many motorists to get to CSIR Road from Taramani. “Most of these roads were damaged when new pipelines were being laid but the stretches were never black-topped. It is worse when it rains as water does not recede and motorists have a slippery ride,” says P. Palani, a resident of Rajaji Street.

Another long-time resident D. Chandra says that because of water logging, mosquito menace is rampant here.

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