It is a common sight to see men working near manholes
It was yet another leak on a pipeline of the underground drainage network on Reynolds Road in the city on Saturday. Commuters travelling on the road had to pass the stretch by holding their breath in order to avoid inhaling the foul odour emanating from the overflowing sewerage on the road.
By the time the workers employed by the Tiruchi Corporation reached the spot with machine and equipment, the leak had become a torrent and sewage was flowing on the road like a stream.
The sewage as it flowed, stagnated on the side of Lawsons Road, posing a nuisance to road users.
It took almost a day for the workers to arrest the leak. During the process, the workers had to check the functioning of three manholes to set right the system.
Residents say it was yet another example that exposed the chinks in the underground sewer network in the city.
The problem is acute around the Central Bus Stand, where many hotels and restaurants are functioning. Manholes around the Central Bus Stand, Reylonds Road, Collector Office Road, Benwells Road and Alexandria Road often malfunction as drains are frequently clogged.
It has become a common sight for residents to see men working near manholes at least on a road in the city.
When contacted N. Ravichandran, Commissioner, Tiruchi Corporation, told The Hindu that there were some issues in the old underground sewer network. Arrangements have been made to reach the problematic spot within an hour. Four manhole clearing machines have been allocated to each zone in the city. Efforts would be taken to identify vulnerable spots and initiate appropriate remedial measures, he said.