133 localities turn inundation hotspots
The Chennai Corporation has deployed 21,500 workers to cope with water stagnation
CHENNAI: This monsoon, 133 localities are posing a steep challenge to the Chennai Corporation, as they defeat the best efforts to rid them of inundation.
Areas in Madipakkam, Velachery, Adyar, Korattur, Villivakkam, Maduravoyal, Arumbakkam, Sholinganallur, Perungudi, Manali, Kodungaiyur, Kilpauk, Porur, Chintadripet, Valasaravakkam, Ambattur, T. Nagar and Nungambakkam have reported persistent water stagnation. Chennai Corporation has been able to bale out water from 265 areas, but 133 other areas remain a challenge.
“Corporation workers are at work in the 133 spots that undergo water stagnation every monsoon,” said an official of the Chennai Corporation.
Work on reducing stagnation commenced on Friday in most of the 398 localities that have a history of acute waterlogging. In addition to Fire and Rescue Services and Metrowater, the Chennai Corporation has deployed 21,500 workers to cope with water stagnation in 426 sq km of the city.
The civic body is planning to study existing infrastructure bottlenecks in areas with severe inundation. Following a gap of a few years, the civic body has resumed supply of food packets to residents of low-level areas during the monsoon. Chennai Corporation distributed 76,500 food packets on Saturday to affected residents in the city.
The community kitchens of the civic body are located in areas such as Chintadripet and Gopalapuram. “We have readied more food and relief material for supplying to affected residents in case lakes such as Chembarambakkam get additional inflow.
Residents of Mogapair, Nolambur, Golden George Nagar and Ayanambakkam are likely to be affected. “Precautionary steps have not been taken until recently. The government should conduct a survey of all affected residents. Two boats have been readied in Ambattur as officials fear that Chembarambakkam lake may be breached,” said P.V. Tamilselvan, Congress councillor in Ambattur zone.
The Chennai Corporation repaired 198.5 sq m of potholes on Saturday.
Municipal Administration Minister S.P. Velumani and Mayor Saidai Duraisamy visited areas such as Adyar Kasthurba Nagar Third Cross Street, Velachery Tansi Nagar, Alandur Thillai Ganga Nagar Subway and Perungudi Ram Nagar and asked officials to bale out the water.