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Coimbatore Corporation reviving underpass ahead of monsoon

TIME IT WAS STOPPED: Mayor R. Venkatachalam points to the drinking water wasted through a leak in the pipeline along the railway line at the Somasundara Mill underpass in Coimbatore on Wednesday. —

TIME IT WAS STOPPED: Mayor R. Venkatachalam points to the drinking water wasted through a leak in the pipeline along the railway line at the Somasundara Mill underpass in Coimbatore on Wednesday. —  

Special Correspondent

It remained in disuse for months because of water stagnation

COIMBATORE: The Coimbatore Corporation has begun measures to revive the Somasundara Mill Road underpass (also called Kattoor underpass) so that it can be used as a link between the eastern and western parts of the city.

The underpass remained in disuse for months even after renovation, because of the stagnation of water. A thick layer of slush had made driving difficult. So, people either used the Kikani underpass or took the Avanashi Road Flyover.

Serving as vital access routes below the railway line, both the underpasses get flooded during heavy rain because of poor storm water drains. The underpass under revival now links the commercial hub of Kattoor (near Ramnagar) with Brooke Bond Road.

Flooding

Two wheelers, cars and vans can take this route to reach R.S. Puram if they want to avoid using the flyover. Both the underpasses are meant to reduce the pressure on the flyover. But, flooding has only increased it.

“We stopped a drainage leak that has been contributing to the stagnation of water,” Mayor R. Venkatachalam said on Wednesday after inspecting the work at the underpass. “But, the major problem is the leak from the pipeline along the railway track above the road. Drinking water is supplied to the railways in that line. The leak has not been fixed for months and this is causing damage to the road,” he said.

Repairs

The Mayor said he had even asked the Corporation officials to stop the supply of drinking water through this line till the railways did not plug the leak. “We have informed the railways officials of the problem the leak causes to the road. The amount of water that goes waste through this leak can actually be provided to two to three streets,” he said.

The Mayor said that the railways had begun repairs to the line on Wednesday evening after he registered a strong protest with them over its condition.

The Mayor promised that the underpass would be given a fresh coat of paint and street lights would also be installed.

“We have already begun removing the slush. Once the leak from the pipeline above is stopped, the rest of the work can also be completed and the underpass put to full use,” the Mayor said.



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