CHENNAI: The Chennai corporation, laying concrete roads, aiming to provide a smooth ride for motorists, has been failing to satisfy them as several complaints are pouring in from the public in connection with the newly-laid out concrete roads. The most recent victims are the residents of certain pockets of ward 132 who await a remedy for uneven manholes.
The concrete roads are laid, leaving the manhole chambers untouched, which results in either protruding or dangerously sunken manholes. Residents of 14th sector, where new concrete roads were laid six months ago, say that a motorist has to watch out for these deadly traps.
"Accidents are quite frequent, some of which have even left the victims with fractures," says G. Ravi Sankaran, secretary of the 14th sector residents' welfare association. "About 316 families live here who use the roads (102, 103 and 104 streets) every day. More than 20 manholes are in a perilous state, sunken below the level of the road. Petitioning the corporation and metro water officials has not brought any relief," he adds.
Motorcycle riders who pass swiftly without noticing the holes feel a hard bump. "Some of us get hurt and suffer back pain," says Meenakshi, a resident. A corporation official said the work to level the manhole surfaces would start in a day or two. "The problem has been there for a few months, but work will commence as soon as possible to make sure that these holes do not affect the general public," he added....
Location: Tamil Nadu