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Crawford sewage drains that is causing disease

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Trichy: Situated 10km away from Periyar Nagar subway, the condition is no different at the subway parallel to Crawford RoB, except for the quality of water – here it is the sewage overflowing from the nearby drains that is causing the inundation.

In spite of several complaints from the residents for almost a year, no action has been taken by the authorities to solve the miseries faced by the commuters. Passing beneath the railway tracks, the subway adjacent to Crawford RoB help the residents of Anbu Nagar and Convent Road to reach E Pudur.

Since taking a U-turn on the RoB is risky and time-consuming, two-wheelers and autorickshaws prefer taking the subway to reach E Pudur localities. The subway has been serving as a breeding ground for mosquitoes for almost a year. The wastewater from sewage drains near Anbu Nagar which is flowing into the subway causes foul smell in the underground passage.

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Apart from the Crawford subway, the oldest and longest subway of the city at Melapudur also is vulnerable to flooding even for a short spell of rain.

“Subways in Trichy often hit headlines for all bad reasons. The authorities should find a comprehensive solution for the upcoming as well as existing subways,” K P Rangaprasad, joint secretary, Satta Panchayat movement said.

Official sources in the state highways department that manages the Crawford subway said that there was a snag in the pumping station in the subway. “Preliminary work to address the inundation has been taken up,” an official source said. Sources said that the constructions wing of the state highways department had not yet handed over the subway to the maintenance wing, thus keeping the subway in a bad shape for more than a year now.

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