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Notices 15 Nov 2022 | 11:14 am

Encroachments block canals, cause flooding in Chennai suburbs

Encroachments blocking the canals connecting Porur lake surplus to Adyar river have led to flooding in many areas along the waterways such as Mugalivakkam, Kolapakkam, Porur and Gerugambakkam. Residents say they are not able to go to work or school due to stagnation of water.

Encroachments blocking the canals connecting Porur lake surplus to Adyar river have led to flooding in many areas, residents say they are not able to go to work or school due to stagnation of water. B Ananthan, a resident of Mugalivakkam, said nearly a dozen encroachers have usurped the Porur canal, reducing its width from 10ft to 2ft. . “They have blocked the canals with gunny bags to prevent water from entering their colonies which are located on the lake. The district officials should remove these encroachments immediately. A few encroachments cannot disrupt the lives of thousands of residents,” he said. The water from Porur surplus flows through Mugalivakkam and Madhanandhapuram, and connects to Adyar behind the Chennai airport. Release of water from Chembarambakkam too has affected the downstream areas. Water current is high as many canals are overflowing. City corporation chief engineer S Rajendiran said the flooding was due to excess water released from Kancheepuram. “Water is receding fast in the corporation areas,” he said.

News Source: THE TIMES OF INDIA

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