Coimbatore: The municipal corporation has started preparing for the southwest monsoon season.
The civic body had formed a committee made up of engineers and representatives of resident welfare associations after the flyover of Avinashi Road, Kikani Bridge, Rail Underpass at Lanka Corner and Trichy Road at Ramanathapuram witnessed waterlogging last year, company commissioner Raja Gopal Sunkara said on Saturday. “The committee suggested short-term and long-term solutions to avoid bottlenecks in the future. Based on the report of the committee, we are taking action,” he told TOI.
“One of the recommendations to prevent flooding at Kikaki Bridge, and to some extent Avinashi Road, was to clear the Brookefields Road storm drain, which hasn’t been desilted in 10 years. The body civic has deployed a Super Sucker vehicle to clear the drains Earthmoving machinery will also be used,” the commissioner said “Cleaning work has also been undertaken at Lanka Corner.”
Measures such as widening storm sewers in Trichy Road and lowering the water level in Valankulam have been suggested to prevent flooding in nearby areas. “We prepared a proposal for the expansion of the storm sewers and sent it for approval. We don’t know if the work can start before the start of the southwest monsoon, however, it can be done before the start of the northeast monsoon. Infrastructure and equipment funds would be used for the works,” Sunkara said. “We plan to approach the public works department to lower the water level of the lake.”
Work to clean up minor storm sewers across the city will soon resume, a company official said. “Work is being carried out in low-lying areas, where mass clearing work is underway.”