STORM WATER DRAINAGE PROJECT CHAOS IN CHENNAI
Covering more than 500 streets with length of over 1000 kilometre and investment cost of more than Rs. 4000 crore (borrowed from World Bank, Asian Development Bank and others ), Chennai Corporation fixed schedule of around six months to complete the project by end September, Obviously, Chennai Corporation has bitten more than what it can chew.
Now, many roads in Chennai are in chaotic state , with labourers digging deep and wide , throwing the underground cables carelessly outside and exposing them to rain and sun without any safety precaution and without supervision.
Experts are of the view that the entire design is outdated and the project should have been completed with much less cost and shorter duration. Sadly, Chennai Corporation has not consulted several experts in the city who know what they are talking about.
Now, September is not far off and monsoon will arrive soon. It appears that Chennai Corporation is in a panicky mood, as it has taken measures to bring several workers from northern India and flying them to Chennai, obviously no confidence in Tamil Nadu labourers.
Several roads have been heavily damaged with the top portion of the storm water drain being more than one foot than the road level. Residents are unable to take their vehicles inside their premises.
Several complaints from residents to Chennai Corporation have not been acknowledged
It appears this massive project would not be completed anytime soon considering the state of progress and the chaotic conditions.
I shudder to think what would be Chennai like , if the monsoon would arrive even before September.
The storm water drain project of Chennai Corporation is a classic example as to how a civic project should not be implemented.
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