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Work goes on to ease water logging issues in Coimbatore; says, Minister

Work goes on to ease water logging issues in Coimbatore; says, Minister


A day after heavy showers lashed the city, throwing normal life out of gear, electricity minister V Senthil Balaji on Sunday said that a study is being conducted to ascertain the reasons for waterlogging and to find a permanent solution to address the issue.

In 1.5 hours, Coimbatore south had received 71mm rain, resulting in waterlogging in underpasses and affecting traffic. Balaji, who was appointed by chief minister M K Stalin as in-charge of the district, inspected the underpass of the Avinashi flyover along with city corporation commissioner Raja Gopal Sunkara and Coimbatore collector G Sameeran.

As many as 289 roads damaged by the rain and those dug up for various civic works across the district will be relayed, the minister told.”At the Makkal Sabha events organized by the corporation and the district administration, 1.41 lakh petitions were received from people.

Most of them were on basic amenities such as road, drainage and street light. They will be solved soon,” he said. Balaji later distributed welfare assistance worth Rs 1.13 crore to 54 beneficiaries. It included Rs 19.5 lakh to family members of victims of road accidents and scooters for two disabled people for Rs 1.53 lakh.

The minister also flagged off a scooter rally by disabled people organized by the city-based Swarga Foundation. As of now, Coimbatore Corporation worked day and night on the dewatering process including Avinashi flyover underpasses. It is appreciable if they implement a permanent solution for waterlogging issue.

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