From ET Realty
COIMBATORE: Even as the civic authorities are euphoric over Coimbatore being chosen for the Smart City project, several residential pockets of the corporation don’t even have proper bitumen topped roads. Residents of localities like Kumudham Nagar, Vignesh Nagar in Cheran Maa Nagar and several layouts in Vellalore have been deprived of tar roads for over 20 years.
Surekha Shekar, a Peelamedu resident, said the connecting road from Trichy Road to Avinashi Road, where PSG hospital is located, has been in a bad condition for several months. “The road is filled with pot holes and has been barely covered with bitumen. Moreover, the civic body carried out several drain works on the stretch and left it the pits covered with just sand. Making it a commuters’ nightmare to travel on the road,” said Surekha. She added that she had brought up the issue several times on various platforms but action is yet to be taken.
A resident of Vignesh Nagar said that she had lived in the area for over 16 years but is yet to witness a tar road being laid in her area. They have approached their ward councillor, Jayaraman on numerous occasion but nothing has come of it. “Recently, Thaneer Pandhal Road and several roads in Vilankurichi area were laid. And our area was still ignored. Even taxi drivers refuse to come to our streets during the rainy season. It has been this way for decades,” said a resident. Another resident said that the councillor would shrug them off and tell them that funds were not allotted for these roads.
Venugopal, a resident of Vellalore area, said that he had bought his house four years back but the civic body has not laid the tar road so far. “The civic body only lays the main roads which are in good condition. The officials continue to lay bitumen on existing roads, but the cut roads which are filled with mud are ignored,” he said.
Civic activists said that there are several such localities where cut roads have never been properly laid. The roads are uneven and filled with mud. During the summer, they suffer dust allergies and during the winter, the roads are difficult to tread on. “Senior officials should look into this matter and ensure that cut roads are also re-laid. Whenever works are carried out, officials cover it with mud and leave it this way for months together. Action is taken only when residents protest,” said a senior resident and civic activist.
Corporation officials and ward councillors from these areas were not available for comment.