Madurai: In Madurai Corporation, the roads where the underground sewers have been completed have not been re-constructed or rehabilitated. As a result, the newly constructed underground sewer was also damaged and the corporation incurred double the cost.
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In suburban wards in Madurai Corporation Rs. 274 crores, underground sewerage projects are going on. The contractors who tendered these works have carried out underground sewerage works in the wards. For that they are digging pits in the middle of the roads and constructing pipes and cesspools.
After completing these works, the damaged roads are not repaired properly, they just put soil in the dug pits and cover them. Therefore, the roads that existed before the sewerage project were now potholed, muddy and impassable.
Only the pits dug in the middle of some tar roads have gone down. All the roads in the suburban wards have been completely damaged due to the sewerage works. People and motorists will be able to use these roads only if they are newly constructed. However, there is a severe financial crisis in the corporation. There is no financial assistance from central and state governments for laying new roads.
The tax has been raised in the corporation and the collection work is going on vigorously. With the funds available from tax collection, the corporation can carry out basic works such as salary of municipal employees, drinking water and sanitation. The damaged roads for the sewerage project can be repaired only if special funds are available.
Meanwhile, Madurai district is currently witnessing heavy rains in the evenings. The roads dug for sewerage have been completely damaged due to this rain. If goods vehicles pass on these roads, they get buried in the soil and the newly laid sewers are also damaged. So, there is a need to check the work again.
In this situation, today (August 3) in the morning of the 8th Ward, near the Tirupalai bus stand where the underground sewer works were recently completed, a cargo lorry that was going on the Bharat Nagar Gambar Street suddenly went down into the soil. The driver was unable to pick up the vehicle. The newly laid culvert was also damaged when the vehicle got stuck in the soil. At present, the Corporation has incurred double expenses as the underpass has to be rehabilitated along with the new road.
Rajathuraivel Pandian, a retired chief engineer of the highways department from the area, said, “No work in the corporation is done under the supervision of the officials. Therefore, the officials are not aware of the quality of the underground sewer work and the effects it has caused to the people.
Even two trucks and cars could not pass on the roads with underground sewers. As new roads have not been laid, the road is now in a slightly lowered state due to the rains. People could not come out of their houses. Vehicles could not be taken when it rained. There is danger of walking out. Despite telling the corporation several times, no action was taken to build new roads. A 25-tonne lorry came on the road and buried it in the soil. The basement was also damaged,” he said.