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Residents irked by tardy pace of SWD work

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They say dug-up soil has been dumped in front of houses

Undue delay in completing a stormwater drain (SWD) work on VGN Street in Dasarathapuram near Vadapalani is irking residents. Following the recent spells of rain, VGN Street has become slushy and slippery.

VGN Street is one of the streets in the neighbourhood where construction the Zone 10 of Greater Chennai Corporation has taken up work relating to construction and widening of stormwater drains as part of the Integrated Storm Water Drain (ISWD) project.

“Last week, a motorcyclist skid and fell down from the motorcycle on VGN Street at night,” says B. Kathiresan, a resident of Vadapalani.

Residents say that work is going on the for the past six months.

Ever since the SWD work was taken up, they were not able to use their vehicles. School vans and autorickshaws have stopped entering the street, say residents.

To add to their woes, mounds of dug-up soil have been dumped in front of many houses.

In fact, loads of blue metal have been kept dumped at one end of the street for the past few weeks. Residents say this blue metal is meant for levelling the uneven portions of the street where stormwater drain work has been completed, say residents.

Except for a few streets such as VGN Street, the streets in the neighbourhood have seen the SWD being brought to completion.

“Steps will be taken to relay the road soon,” says a Corporation official.

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