Acting on complaints from Karumandapam residents, Trichy corporation has taken up works for desilting the storm water drains in the area that will help prevent a flood-like situation for about 20,000 households. Mini excavators are being deployed to remove the blockage in the storm water drains discharging surplus water from Karumandapam area to the Kudamurutti river. The desilting drive was taken up after the flood threat the residents faced ahead of the monsoon was highlighted in the Times of India’s edition dated August 31. For residential neighbourhoods in Karumandapam comprising wards 45 and 40 in K Abishekapuram, Kollankulam canal, which is about 2.5 kilometres long, has been the lone safe outlet to drain surplus water during monsoon. However, the storm water drains including Kollankulam and Selvanagar canals were encroached as well as clogged with solid waste. As the complaints were brought to the notice of the civic body, it recently sanctioned a sum of Rs 9.90 lakh to desilt the drains. “Out of the 2.5km-long channel, we have completed desilting of 1.5 kilometres. The remaining portion will be completed in a week’s time,” an official with Trichy corporation said. While encroachments near Keelpokki vent, close to the PWD’s aquaduct, are to be removed, the civic body is yet to decide on removing encroachments on the storm water drains Civic body officials said that surveying of encroachments would be carried out soon for subsequent eviction drive. “It is a great relief for the residents of Selvanagar as the locality is flood-prone. Authorities should establish concrete banks along the stormwater water drain near Keelpokki vent to prevent encroachments,” C Balasubramanian, a resident of Selvanagar said. The Times of India report titled “Encroachments on Kollankulam canal poses flooding threat”, had brought to fore the plight of Karumandapam residents.
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