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Roads in flood-hit colonies still in a shambles

S. Ganesan

Promised temporary restoration is yet to take place

TIRUCHI : Roads in many of the flood-affected residential colonies in the City are crying for some urgent attention.

With many of the flood-ravaged roads still being unmotorable, resentment is mounting among residents in these colonies as the promised temporary restoration of roads has not materialised nearly a month after the floods.

Roads in most of the affected colonies, especially those off Vayalur Road, Tiruchi-Dindigul, Tiruchi-Madurai and Tiruchi-Thanjavur highways are dotted with huge potholes and several residents are still wary of taking their vehicles, especially cars, back home. The situation is worse in colonies where the roads have been dug up for laying the underground sewage system. Cars and heavy vehicles could hardly negotiate most of these roads.

Besides, pools of rainwater could still be seen stagnant in isolated pockets in some of these colonies such as Ramalinga Nagar South Extension off Vayalur Road, Karumandapam, Ashok Nagar and neighbouring colonies off Dindigul Road and colonies near Edamalaipattipudur.

What has irked the residents of these colonies is the fact that the government agencies such as the Corporation and the Highways Department are largely focussing on carrying out temporary repairs on arterial roads in the City much to the neglect of the interior lanes and by-lanes in the newly developed colonies. The Corporation did carry out some repair works on some of the roads in a few colonies. But so far no concerted action has been taken to repair the roads in all the affected colonies.

"The poor condition of roads has rendered our colonies islets without proper accessibility. Accidents involving two-wheelers and children have become common. As several parts of the newly developed colonies do not have proper street-lights, negotiating the roads during nights have become a dangerous proposition," says a former government official on condition of anonymity.

A resident of Ramalinga Nagar extension area, he still has his car parked at his friend's place due to the poor condition of the access road to his home.

In Ramalinga Nagar South Extension, the I to V main roads have been completely ravaged and still remain slushy. With a private school located on the II main road, hundreds of children commute every day in the locality with much difficulty. The stagnant rainwater in the region only adds to the woes of the residents.

A similar situation prevails in many other colonies such as Selva Nagar Extension, New Selva Nagar, Maruthi Nagar and Sriram Nagar, says C. Balasubramanian, Secretary, District Exnora. Stagnant water in vacant plots and potholes has become a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Residents point out that they are demanding only temporary restoration and many say they will be content if the Corporation makes arrangements to fill gravel/crusher waste in the affected roads so as to make them motorable.

"We are aware that huge funds will be required to repair the roads permanently. But the civic body could at least ease our hardship by carrying out up some temporary repairs," says the retired government servant.

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