TAMIL NADU

TNHB residents exasperated over lack of appropriate drainage disposal system

CESSPOOL PERIL: Complaints on drainage clogging in front of houses at the Tamil Nadu Old Housing Board in Krishnagiri have fallen on deaf ears, residents complain. Photo: N. Bashkaran

CESSPOOL PERIL: Complaints on drainage clogging in front of houses at the Tamil Nadu Old Housing Board in Krishnagiri have fallen on deaf ears, residents complain. Photo: N. Bashkaran  

S. Prasad

KRISHNAGIRI: Lack of proper drainage disposal systems in the Tamil Nadu Old Housing Board (TNHB) Colony in Krishnagiri has resulted in the area resembling a large cesspool.

With drainage water not cleared for months together, outbreak of water-borne diseases looms large.

The entire colony, with 350 families, most of them Government officials, is infested with mosquitoes due to the unhygienic conditions prevalent in most areas here.

Burst in pipe

With the only pumping station for releasing sewage from the colony not in use, sewers overflow due to a burst in the drainage pipe.

The drainage water now flowing through the lanes of the colony gets collected in private lands and in two existing wells up to 40 feet, emanating nauseous stench.

The wells are not in use as the water is full of algae and high in fluoride.

"It has been fifteen days since the drainage pipe burst. Though we have made repeated representations to the municipality, not a single official has visited the colony till now.

Rain adds to woes

The recent summer showers have only made the situation worse. The residents are forced to wade through dirty pools of water," says Indirani, a resident of the colony.

Residents point out that with no concrete plan in the municipality to release the drainage, they have been forced to put up with the stench for several years now.

Concrete support

In fact, every house in the colony has placed a concrete support in front of the house to prevent overflowing sewers from entering.

"Though the colony was handed over by the TNHB to the municipality for maintenance, municipal officials have been lax in taking steps for releasing the sewage accumulated over the years.

"When the stench becomes unbearable, we pool in money to hire private sanitary workers to clear clogged sewage. But this again is only a temporary measure," says Saradamabal, another resident.

`No basic amenities'

However, municipal officials say that the colony was handed over by the TNHB to the municipality without any basic amenities.

Due to lack of proper drainage disposal systems, the sewage water gets collected in private lands nearby.

As a temporary measure, the municipality is now clearing the drainage with the help of lorries. Funds have to be raised for identifying land to construct drainage disposal systems, they say.

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