Metrowater speeds up underground work in Chennai – ET Infra

CHENNAI: The civic woes of residents of Manapakkam, Mugalivakkam and Madipakkam may end in the coming months as Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (CMWSSB) has upped the pace of Underground Sewerage Scheme work in these localities.

After TOI highlighted the battered condition of roads in these localities on Monday, the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) and CMWSSB deployed machinery and manpower to lay roads on many stretches where CMWSSB has completed work. Residents hope that it will be a permanent solution.

According to CMWSSB officials, out of 166 streets in Manapakkam, the UGSS work has been completed in 137 streets which are handed over to GCC for laying roads. The work is under progress in 29 streets and it will be completed by end of July.

Meanwhile, in Mugalivakkam, the UGSS work commenced on July 1, 2019 and is scheduled for completion on September 30, 2023. “As on date, gravity sewer main has been laid for 45.394km out of 54.54km; 2,114 of 2,246 machine holes have been constructed; 3.939km length of 500mm diameter sewer pumping main has been laid out of 7.30km; in all, 74.60% work has been completed,” said an official.

He added that road cut permission has been obtained for all the 405 streets, and NOC has been given for 308 of them to GCC and Highways for restoration.

Officials said that at present laying of deep gravity sewer main at Madhanandhapuram Main Road, Ramachandra Street, laying of gravity sewer main at Sabari Nagar 2nd Main Road Extension and laying of 500mm diameter sewer pumping main at Sabari Nagar 2nd Main Road are in progress and work has been restricted to the above streets only due to intermittent rains.

“However, necessary arrangements are being made for making the roads walkable and motorable,” an official added.

In Madipakkam, the work of providing UGS to division 187 and 188 in Madipakkam, Zone-14, is under progress. The work commenced in August 2022 and will be completed by January 2025.

Officials claim that as the soil of clayey nature in this locality gets slushy during rain and leads to formation of potholes making it slippery. Meanwhile, at various locations including Kuberan Nagar 9th Street where the roads are slushy, temporary restoration of road using debris is in progress. In Sadhasivam Nagar, storm water drain work is being carried out by GCC.

A committee has been formed with GCC and CMWSSB field officials for frequent field inspection. “We gave road cut permissions for 153 roads and work in 70 of these has been completed. The restoration work will be completed by July end,” a GCC official said.

V Govindasamy, president, federation of residents associations – Mugalivakkam and Manappakam, said that these works should be completed at the earliest. “The biggest mistake was digging all the roads at the same time. Otherwise, there wouldn’t have arosen any problem,” he said.

  • Published On Jun 27, 2023 at 01:26 PM IST

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