The Hindu

133 localities turn inundation hotspots

The Chennai Corporatio­n has deployed 21,500 workers to cope with water stagnation

- SPECIAL CORRESPOND­ENT

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.

 ??  ?? The civic body is planning to study existing infrastruc­ture bottleneck­s in areas with severe inundation
The civic body is planning to study existing infrastruc­ture bottleneck­s in areas with severe inundation

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