WATER-logging in the city during monsoon


THERE IS an old proverb that "A good plumbing system is a sign of good civilization in a country".

Defective drainage accumulates sewage water, which becomes cesspool for breeding mosquitoes and other harmful bacteria.

Ponds were created to store the rainwater. The pond water also helped to recharge the underground potential of water.

The Tallakulam tank, which was the storage usage for entire rainwater of north Madurai is now occupied by Govt. buildings and as a result rain water, got locked up in the city itself and drainage becomes difficult.

Before Independence British Engineers, have formulated a plan for diverting the entire sewerage of south Madurai to Avaniapuram village where fodder farm is established in a gradient way. The effluent of sewage is used for rising fodder, which gives good profit to the Corporation. Similar attempts were made for diverting sewerage of North Madurai to Sakkimangalam ended in failure.

Hence the entire sewerage of South and North Madurai should be taken to Avaniapuram and Sakkimangalam respectively. Simultaneously the run off water during rains should be diverted into the river Vaigai through channels.

By adopting these methods the city could attain a status of clean city. Further there will be no mosquito nuisance.

S.N.Gurusamy, 23-A, Annai Nagar, Anna Nagar, Madurai-20.

EVEN A small shower is sufficient to flood the Periyar Bus Stand, the Railway Station Road and the Jail Road near Madura Coats.

The Corporation should sincerely undertake the following: the encroachment around the tanks and ponds should be removed, the drainage should be desilted once a year before every rainy season, garbages should not be dumped into the Krithumal river since this is the main outlet for Madurai city drainage. If this is desilted once in two years water will find its course, roads should be laid properly, raising the road level will not be a good solution.

Dr. K.Venkataraman, A/T/2, Porkudam Apartments, Bypass Road, Madurai-10.

EVEN THOUGH the Corporation authorities are taking efforts to provide drainage facilities during Monsoon season, they have failed to provide the drainage outlets at various places and I shall give one such example of poor planning. Previously there were rain water outlets near Panthadi 9th street,7th street, 5th street, 4th street, St.Mary's High School, Mahalipati Road junction and also Kuyavarpalayam Road junction in South Veli Street. Now due to construction of cement concrete canal, all the out lets have been closed as a result, the rain water from Thavittu Sandhai to Kuyavarpalayam road get stagnated. Wading through the knee-deep water creates lot of difficulty for the vehicles except buses and lorries.

While constructing the cement concrete canal, the authorities have miserably failed to foresee the situation during Monsoon and it must be an eye opener and see that the out lets are provided wherever possible to avoid water logging in this area. I hope the Corporation authorities will visit this busy area during heavy downpour and rectify the defects, so that, water is drained quickly.

T.R.Viswanathan, 9, Manimekalai Street, Ganapathi Nagar (Villapuram), Madurai-625012.

WATER-LOGGING in the city is a nuisance and hindrance to the public. Public cannot walk on the roads and streets easily as they would like to do on ordinary days. Because of the stagnated water, mosquitoes multiply in large numbers, which may finally infect the people with malaria.

There are no outlet facilities to flow water from the upper areas. There are no proper drainage facilities.

The Corporation authorities raised the ground level of the Periyar Bus stand keeping in mind that the whole area will be flooded during rains. But till now the situation never improved.

To avoid water logging in the streets and roads there must be more outlets to flow the water from the upper arras to lower areas. There must be proper drainage facilities. By adopting rain water harvesting techniques, water logging can be averted.

The roads should be freshly laid after rains to prevent any waterlogging on the roads which may further damage the condition of the roads.

V.Ramarao, 10/62 A5, Chellammal compound, Anna Nagar, Tirumangalam-625706.

OVER THE years, vehicular traffic has increased by leaps and bounds. It is mandatory on the part of powers-that be, to make way for joyous riding on a trouble-free road. Water logging is ominous for the driver and portends trouble. The driver has to take extra-care to tide over the immediate crisis by avoiding it and any nonchalant driving leads to accidents. Hence the civic authorities should plug the temporary ponds and pits with the required stuff. Above all, roads in and around Corporation limits at least should be laid extra-strong and extra-durable. Warning posts signalling the vehicle drivers about the presence of water-logging should be erected, wherever necessary.

Through mikes, the police should warn the people of lurking danger. These measures could reduce accidents before the authorities take up remedial work.

V.Karthikeyan, 139, Swamy Vivekananda Nagar, Madurai-7.

WHEN EVEN a sudden downpour would cause water stagnation in the low lying areas in the city, water logging during heavy downpour during monsoons would be worse in the sub-ways which would be flooded with knee-deep water, taking several hours to subside. As a permanent measure I would urge the Corporation authorities to install pumpsets in all the subways safely guarded against thefts so that the stagnated water could be pumped out quickly and putting the sub-ways back to proper use. It would also be ideal and practicable to connect the draining of the stagnated water from the sub-ways to the rainwater harvesting system with a view to increasing the underground water table in the adjacent areas. Will the civic authorities react favourably on the above suggestions?

M.Ratnasabapathi, 29, Maruthapandiyar Street, K.K.Nagar, Madurai-20.

THE CITY had earned a name for its well planned roads. But it has become a thing of the past. The sacred Krithamal, Chinthamani channel. Anuppannadi channel and host of other channels carried away the storm water from the city effortlessly into several irrigation tanks all around. The under ground drainage system was conceived and executed more than half a century ago to carry away the sewage water only to Avaniapuram for treatment and disposal.

Due to the population explosion and urbanisation, the irrigated ayacuts of the tanks morphed into building sites and various Nagars. The first to go was Ganapathi Endal which is now Arasaradi ground and part of Railway colony. Dozens of small and big anks including Tallakulam followed suit. Thathaneri and Villapuram tanks fell victims to TNHB. Krishna Rao Tank and Ezhu Kadal succumbed to commercialisation. Thanks to the Supreme Court, tanks on the outer fringes of the city were saved.

The supply channels, surplus channels and field channels of the erstwhile irrigation tanks became the sole carriers of drainage and storm water of Madurai. The channel margins were encroached upon by the squatters who had gradually narrowed them down or even obliterated these channels. Krithamal river was turned into a very narrow channel and a dumping yard for every kind of industrial/domestic wastes and wastes from commercial establishments. So is every water course running through the city.

All the watercourses running across the city should be ruthlessly cleared of all encroachments, all encroaching structures should be pulled down and the watercourses restored to their original width and extra depth. City's storm water drainage system should be reconstructed wider and deeper and desilted and maintained regularly, pre-monsoon and post-monsoon, City's underground drainage system now often clogged by sanitary napkins, plastic wastes and rubbish should be reconstructed to cater to the needs of the 22nd century, clogging materials should be screened and prevented from entering the sewers, debris from dismantled buildings should not be allowed to lie on roads for more than 12 hours and every citizen should do his part in keeping the city clean and free of water logging.

V.Thiruvengadanathan, 3/29, Railar Nagar, Maduai-18.

A STRONG shower itself is now sufficient to flood the city. The havoc caused by the monsoon rains is to be seen to be believed. Unfortunately, this flooding is considered as normal or shrugged off as a bane even by the citizens. The public seem to enjoy the floods as a water sport as evident from the photographs published. The time, money and resources lost in real terms is insurmountable. Only a total attitude change from this `grin and bear' policy will bring us solutions. The situation now is `drain or drown'.

The temple city has enough temples in every direction with now defunct tanks. These should immediately be desilted with declogging/re-opening of their supply channels.

Water can be harvested instead of allowing it to flood the city. The indiscriminate dumping of solid waste is the primary source of the clog. The waste management has to be vested with professional people, which will prevent clogging, improve sanitation and environs.

T.Vadamalaiappan, Quality Assurance Department, M/s. Sundram Fasteners Ltd., Krishnapuram, Aviyur.

WATER LOGGING has become a big menace for the city dwellers during monsoon rains. The chaos due to last week rain is only the tip of the iceberg. As the water logged everywhere in the city, the Corporation was caught unawares. It only reflected the local body's negligence in their duty.

Though the rainwater inundated Periyar Bus stand, Railway Station and Goripalayam the state of the Vaigai river remains the worst.

With monsoon rains arriving in one or two days, the local body should desilt the channels, tanks, drainage of the city and make sure that the flooded water reach Vaigai. More importantly these steps should be taken on a war-footing basis.

K.Kanagavel, 4/815-4, Mahalakshmi Nagar West, K.Pudur, Madurai-625007.

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