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"We're Tax-Paying Citizens": Chennai Reels Under Rain Fury, More Due

'We're Tax-Paying Citizens': Chennai Reels Under Rain Fury, More Due

Heavy rains pounded a number of areas of Tamil Nadu on Wednesday.


It is a mess inside Godwin Ebenezer’s home, as he returns to examine three days after Sunday’s 21 cm of rain flooded his residence at Chennai’s Periyar Nagar in Chief Minister MK Stalin’s Kolathur constituency. As he opened the door, the injury unfolds with a stink and the sight of ruined furnishing and furnishings. 

Though this has been a day-long annual ritual for years, he needed to depart his home for 3 days in 2015 when floods struck town. Now it is a repeat of it, he says.  

“Up to now the governments did not tackle our considerations. We hope not less than the brand new authorities will do one thing for us. We’re tax-paying residents,” he added. 

The low-lying neighbourhood is in knee-deep waters. Developed thirty years in the past, the concrete jungle stands on the catchment space of some lakes. Through the monsoon, water has nowhere to go. Because of this, streets and roads get flooded, residents say. The storm water drains additionally reportedly get inundated. 

Padma Prasad, one other resident, says the company would not give a lot thought to the science of storm water drains. “This requires a scientific answer. It isn’t rocket science. We won’t convey again water our bodies due to infrastructural improvement. Let’s repair it,” he says. 

Rs 5,000 crores have been invested to construct storm water drains after the 2015 floods within the metropolis, a lot of it funded by the Good Metropolis undertaking. Chief Minister M Ok Stalin blames the earlier AIADMK regime for a shoddy job because it was in energy for six years after the 2015 catastrophe. 

Reviewing dewatering works in low-lying areas at the moment, the Chief Minister blamed the sooner AIADMK regime. He stated, “Shoddy job and corruption are the explanation for losses in T Nagar. We now have achieved as much as 60 per cent of the work in simply six months. After the wet season, we are going to set the remainder of Chennai proper and avert additional loss.”  

The Chennai Company says storm water drains are usually not designed for heavy rains, just for the common annual rains. With excessive climate occasions changing into extra frequent, town must be redesigned to develop into climate-resilient.   

Heavy rains pounded a number of areas of Tamil Nadu on Wednesday because the well-marked low-pressure space over the Bay of Bengal concentrated right into a despair, which is more likely to cross the coast by November 11 night. It is more likely to attain the North Tamil Nadu coast tomorrow morning and cross between Karaikal and Shriharikota by night says the India Meteorological Division.  

“It is vitally more likely to transfer west–northwestwards and attain close to north Tamil Nadu coast by the early morning of November 11, 2021. Thereafter, it’s more likely to proceed to maneuver west-northwestwards and cross north Tamil Nadu and adjoining south Andhra Pradesh coasts between Karaikal and Sriharikota near the north of Puducherry by the night of eleventh November 2021,” the climate division stated.  



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