Coimbatore city body steps up storm sewer de-silting ahead of southwest monsoon – Reuters

By Express press service

COIMBATORE: In view of the southwest monsoon, workers from the Coimbatore City Municipal Corporation (CCMC) have intensified the desilting of storm sewers and canals across the city to prevent flooding of streets and homes.

Since the last council meeting, councilors in the majority of wards have demanded that CCMC officials desilt the storm sewers in their wards. As several homes and roads across the city were affected by flooding from last year’s heavy rains, council members had urged the civic body to take the necessary steps to avoid the same mistake.

In this situation, CCMC workers had started to de-silt the drainages and canals in many neighborhoods, even using earth-moving machinery in Manikaranpalayam. However, workers removing the clog and silt from the drains reportedly left them on the side of the road, which worried motorists and local residents.

“While we are happy that the civic body is removing the silt formation from the sewers, we are disappointed as they are dumping them on the roadsides,” said Manikaranpalayam resident Suresh.

“The streets now stink of garbage and clogs taken out of the sewers and dumped on the side of the road. Officials must take action to remove them immediately from the residential area, as this poses a huge threat to the hygiene of people living here,” he added.

When asked about this, CCMC officials said that the waste dumped on the roadside would be removed soon.

Melissa C. Keyes