TAMIL NADU

Pace of works causes concern

STUCK: The slow progress of the drainage work on Vivekananda Road at Ramnagar has upset people using this key route.

STUCK: The slow progress of the drainage work on Vivekananda Road at Ramnagar has upset people using this key route.  

Special Correspondent

Zone-wise allocation of Rs.2.5 cr. for such works has been reduced to Rs.1 cr.

COIMBATORE: A drainage work in Ramnagar that has been dragging on for more than two weeks and a similar slow-paced repair at the Thadagam Road-Marudamalai Road junction symbolise the city’s frustration over the time development and repair works take when monsoon can set in any moment.

Renovation

The Coimbatore Corporation’s desire to complete the re-laying of roads and renovation of storm water drains before the South West Monsoon sets in does not seem to be matched by the speed of the works.

While announcing some of the works, Mayor R. Venkatachalam had said that the contractors have been asked to step up the pace. According to him, with the Government having increased the rates for construction materials by five per cent, the contractors should take up works and complete them before the rain arrives.

Block

Vivekanand Road was dug up for drainage work two weeks ago. For some days, nothing happened and the traders on this stretch complained of a key access remaining blocked. The road helps people reach Cross Cut Road, North Coimbatore Flyover, Mettupalayam Road, 100-Feet Road and Sivananda Colony without taking the entire stretch of Dr. Nanjappa Road.

Fortunately, those who head for R.S. Puram and areas beyond it can turn towards the Kikani underpass for access to their areas.

But, heavy rain usually leaves the underpass flooded and people are forced to take Vivekananda Road to reach the flyover. If the drainage work is not over before the monsoon sets in, people will be in trouble, the traders warn.

Almost a month ago, residents of a colony in New Sidhapudur complained of a similar problem.

The drainage work had cut access to their colony of about 50 families totally. Work was speeded up only after complaints reached the Mayor.

Infrastructure

Sources in the Opposition parties say that the Corporation is so much into finalising infrastructure schemes under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission that it is not able to focus on smaller but equally important matters such as the re-laying of roads.

Their grouse is that the Corporation has reduced the zone-wise allocation of Rs.2.5 crore for such works to Rs.1 crore. Many works have been brought under the mission in the name of grand schemes. That is why a lot of basic works have been hit, says All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam councillor P. Rajkumar.

“Unfortunately, those who demanded a higher allocation during the term of the last Council are now keeping quiet, without protesting against the drastic cut in allocation,” he says.



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