Coimbatore City Municipal Corporation (CCMC) Commissioner Mr Prathap has ordered officials to cut off water connections to apartments that leak sewage into storm sewers and roads.
CCMC Mayor Kalpana Anandakumar, Commissioner M Prathap and North Zone Chairman V Kathirvelu chaired the zonal review meeting which was held at the North Zone office on Friday, where the 20 Councilors of the area, including the president (ward 10) and the mayor (ward 19) were present. . Before the councilors submitted their grievances, the commissioner said the lack of funds had hampered major work at CCMC and asked them to cope with available resources until the situation returned to normal.
Councilors including K Ranganayaki of Ward 29 and Ambika Danapal of Ward 27 said some apartments and residential units discharge untreated sewage into storm sewers.
Prathap replied: “Officials must inspect these apartments, serve a notice and issue a warning to landlords. Ask apartment owners to build a sump pit in their premises. A storm drain does not have sufficient capacity to such quantities of sewage. If the owners do not take these measures within one week of issuing a notice, the officers of the department must cut off the connection to water and electricity.”
Additionally, most councilors in the North Zone pointed to the lack of sanitation workers in their neighborhoods and demanded that the civic body assign more workers to remove waste from the streets immediately. Councilors also pointed to the shoddy work carried out by Suez Projects Private Limited in their neighborhoods and demanded that the issues be addressed immediately.
Many, including Ward Councilor 1 R Karpagam and Ward Councilor 15 T Santhamani said that there were street lamps and light boxes in their ward without EB connection. They said that more than 300 streetlights are unused, so the civic body must take action to fix this problem.
As the southwest monsoon has already begun, several councilors have asked CCMC to completely desilt the storm sewers across the area. Councilors urged CCMC to construct proper street drainages in the newly added areas to avoid flooding of roads and houses during the rainy season.