Civic body’s assurance to SHRC on silt removal

K.T. Sangameswaran

“It will be cleared as and when taken out of stormwater drains”

CHENNAI: The Chennai Corporation has submitted before the State Human Rights Commission that it will clear silt deposits as and when they are taken out of stormwater drains.

This came as a response from the Commissioner of Chennai Corporation in a report submitted to the SHRC, which took suo motu cognisance of a news item published in The Hindu (on October 26, 2007) under the caption ‘Desilting of drains leaves behind slush on roads.’

The news item said that desilting of stormwater drains on the 3rd East Road in Kamaraj Nagar, Thiruvanmiyur, led to new problems for the city residents in the form of added slush on the roads. With the monsoon setting in, the silt and debris left on the roadside were making roads dangerous for the users. A resident recalled how a two-wheeler had skidded on the slush. After taking cognisance, a Bench of the SHRC, headed by chairperson Justice A.S. Venkatachalamoorthy, called for a report from the Commissioner.

In the report, the civic body chief said the road was at a lower level than the surrounding roads. To avoid stagnation of rainwater during the monsoon, it was proposed to desilt the drain on the road. During the course of desilting, the silt became wet owing to intermittent rain and could not be loaded on to the disposal vehicles.

The contractor was directed to remove the silt immediately. By October 26, 2007, silt deposits were cleared and traffic movement was made easy. The Commissioner enclosed photographs. “However, much care will be taken in future to remove the silt as and when it is removed from the drains,” he said.

The SHRC said it took note of the assurance, which would mean that the interests of the public would be protected properly and suitably. It treated the case as closed.

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