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Slow pace of UGD project affecting shoddy road restoration work

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TRICHY: Residents in added areas of the Trichy Corporation in Thiruverumbur are lamenting over the shoddy road restoration work after they were dug up for underground drainage (UGD) connections and have urged the civic body to expedite the project. The delay in completing the UGD project has been taking a toll on accessibility in more than five wards in the city as the civic body was postponing road works awaiting completion of UGD project.

The wards which were affected are 61 to 65 under Ariyamangalam zone in the added areas of the city corporation. The civic body had planned to cover added areas in 2011 under phase II and III of UGD projects, at an estimated cost of Rs 344 crore and Rs 265 crore respectively, funded by the Tamil Nadu Urban Finance and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (TUFIDCO) and Asian Development Bank (ADB). Phase II has been divided into three packages. Since all the houses in the five wards including Kailash Nagar and Ganesh Nagar make use of on-site waste management system such as the septic tank and soak pits, the project was intended to improve the sanitation system and sewage network.

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While the second package of UGD phase II was launched in July 2018, the civil works to install pipes and chambers for the first package commenced recently in areas including Mahalakshmi Nagar. However, in localities where roads were dug up to install pipes, residents alleged shoddy restoration work. “Roads are uneven after installation of the drainage pipes. Slow pace of UGD project affecting road repair works .Similarly, the roads in Thiruverumbur that were dug up for new water connections were not closed up properly. The civic body should expedite UGD project on a warfooting,” said S Subramanian, convenor, Federation of Trichy City Residents Welfare Associations. In Mahalakshmi Nagar, residents echoed a similar view urging the civic body to complete UGD works to enable them better accessibility.

“The corporation said that new roads shall be given only after UGD project concludes but implementation of UGD project has been dragging on,” said R Manoharan, a resident of Mahalakshmi Nagar. Maintaining that preliminary work on the first package under UGD phase II has also commenced, civic body officials said that civil work for underground drainage connections would be expedited.

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