Civic workers desilt buried drains at Venkatesa Agraharam Road; Residents express concerns

Contract workers of Chennai Corporation have dug up a large section of road at Alamelumangapuram off Venkatesa Agraharam Road near Sai Baba Temple to desilt the stormwater drain (SWD) here.

This is being carried out to facilitate the flow of rainwater collected in this drain to Sri Kapaleeswarar Temple tank.

Said a worker, “A section of SWD here has been buried under the road. Also, it does not have manholes. So we are having to dig the road to desilt the SWD.”

The stormwater drain section that the team were desilting was filled with muck and construction debris.

Workers say that it will take at least a few more days to complete this work.

However, as the dug-up space almost covers the entire breadth of the road, it is not possible for motorists to commute through this way.

Said a local shopkeeper, “The work started a few days ago. But till now, the Chennai Corporation has not even fixed a take diversion board on either side of the street. As a result, a number of motorists who usually use this route come here and then return back.”

Also, since the work area has been barricaded only with a tape, residents fear it could be dangerous for pedestrians especially at night.

Similar work is on near Vetri Vilaas Hotel on this road and at parts of R.K. Mutt Road in Mylapore.

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