TAMIL NADU

Road relaying work triggers controversy

PAVING THE WAY FOR TROUBLE: Red soil being used, instead of gravel stone, for road relaying works near Palayamkottai telephone exchange.

PAVING THE WAY FOR TROUBLE: Red soil being used, instead of gravel stone, for road relaying works near Palayamkottai telephone exchange.  

Directive to take remedial measures went unheeded

Staff Reporter

TIRUNELVELI: The materials used to relay the road near Palayamkottai telephone exchange triggered a controversy here as red soil with small stones was used as second layer instead of red-stone gravel, which would strengthen road.

As trenches were dug for the ongoing underground drainage work, the Corporation paid a hefty sum to the Department of Highways to repair the roads under its control. However, the manner in which the small stretch between Vinayakar temple near Palayamkottai Head Post Office and the North High Ground Road was re-laid triggered a debate here.

After the four-feet-wide trench was filled, water was poured and heavy roller was used to level the ground. With blue metal forming the first layer on the levelled surface, red-stone gravel should have been spread on the blue metal to fill the gaps thereby giving more strength to the road.

However, instead of using red-stone gravel, only red sand was used as the second layer in some parts, which would trigger early undulations on the road, road contractors here say.

"It can't withstand even incessant drizzle during the southwest monsoon and will cause hardship to several hundreds of children using this road everyday to reach schools around this stretch," said a contractor.

When the matter was taken up with the Corporation Commissioner, D. Chandrasekaran, and the Mayor, A. Jayarani, they asked the Junior Engineer, Karuppasamy, to visit the spot. After inspecting the `quality of the material' used for re-laying the road, Mr. Karuppasamy informed the Road Inspector concerned of the Department of Highways to take immediate and appropriate remedial measure.

However, the work was not stopped and the labourers continued to use only red soil instead of red-stone gravel.

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