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Work on stormwater drains to be over soon

Staff Reporter

Flooding problem will be solved, says Mayor

Photo: V. Ganesan

SETTING IT RIGHT: Corporation workers patch the Gandhi Irwin Road damaged by the recent rains on Wednesday. —

Chennai: Work on the new stormwater drains on G.N. Chetty Road will be completed by November 15, Mayor M. Subramanian said here on Wednesday.

The road was inundated during the recent rains, causing problems for motorists and pedestrians and residents living in the by-lanes off the road. The Mayor said that flooding problems would be solved once the construction of concrete drains to replace the old brick ones was complete.

He said that roads damaged by the rains were being restored. Corporation workers patched roads, including Gandhi Irwin Road, Usman Road, Kilpauk Garden Road, Mahalingapuram Road, West Jones Road, Dr. Muthulakshmi Road and Kalakshetra Road. About 150 barrels of hot mix were used across 10 zones for the repairs.

Relief fund

Councillors would contribute sitting fees of two days towards the Sri Lankan Tamils Relief Fund and some councillors made individual donations. The councillors’ contributions amounts to Rs. 3.21 lakh and Corporation employees would also give a day’s salary to the fund.

The Mayor urged the councillors to provide quick response during monsoon emergencies to the people in their wards. A souvenir was released on the occasion to mark the completion of two years of the present Corporation Council. The souvenir highlighted the civic body’s achievements, including online issue of birth and death certificates, free burial and cremation services, free gift packs for newborns in Corporation hospitals and scholarships for students of Corporation schools.

The Council meeting had a tense moment when S. Shanthi, councillor of ward 155, walked out of the Corporation Council meeting to protest the foul language that M. Velayuthan, councillor of ward 151, had used against her at a zonal meeting. Ms.Shanthi and a group of 50 women supporters held a protest on the Ripon Building campus.

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