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  • In my recent #column for @the_hindu, I look at how, one would imagine that the delayed onset of the northeast #monsoon — and a harsh summer in #chennai, #india — would have given the #government enough time to prep for the rainy months ahead.

However, while efforts are on to tackle any disaster-like situation, the network of #stormwaterdrains (SWD) — crucial during the season — is not faring very well.

Despite the many months the government had to complete the relaying of SWD lines and desilt existing ones, officials chose to it take up just before the monsoon. What sense does this make?

The Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG)'s post-flood (2015) report pointed out that Chennai and its suburbs were way behind target in putting SWD networks in place. However, even this year work was started in many localities - #Mylapore, #Adyar, CIT Nagar, #AnnaNagar, #TNagar etc., - only early this month, with work in some areas beginning only this week.

With work still incomplete in many localities, work has stalled due to rains and the deep trenches are now filled with water, and construction material is strewn on the roadsides. This, obviously, is adding to the existing encroachment of roads, already crowded due to parked cars and illegal roadside eateries.

With the IMD predicting ‘light/moderate fairly widespread to widespread rainfall with isolated heavy falls’ in the coming weeks, the situation is only going to get worse. And our clogged SWDs are only going to add to our woes. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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    In my recent #column for @the_hindu, I look at how, one would imagine that the delayed onset of the northeast #monsoon — and a harsh summer in #chennai, #india — would have given the #government enough time to prep for the rainy months ahead.

    However, while efforts are on to tackle any disaster-like situation, the network of #stormwaterdrains (SWD) — crucial during the season — is not faring very well.

    Despite the many months the government had to complete the relaying of SWD lines and desilt existing ones, officials chose to it take up just before the monsoon. What sense does this make?

    The Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG)'s post-flood (2015) report pointed out that Chennai and its suburbs were way behind target in putting SWD networks in place. However, even this year work was started in many localities - #Mylapore, #Adyar, CIT Nagar, #AnnaNagar, #TNagar etc., - only early this month, with work in some areas beginning only this week.

    With work still incomplete in many localities, work has stalled due to rains and the deep trenches are now filled with water, and construction material is strewn on the roadsides. This, obviously, is adding to the existing encroachment of roads, already crowded due to parked cars and illegal roadside eateries.

    With the IMD predicting ‘light/moderate fairly widespread to widespread rainfall with isolated heavy falls’ in the coming weeks, the situation is only going to get worse. And our clogged SWDs are only going to add to our woes. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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