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HC asks for status report on Chennai roads

CHENNAI: Expressing concern over non-maintenance of roads in the town, the Madras top courtroom on Tuesday directed the commissioner of Chennai corporation to document a status record at the situation of the roads and the amount spent to take care of them.

A division bench of Justice S Manikumar and Justice Subramonium Prasad additionally directed the state highways secretary to document a an identical record at the situation of the roads around the state.

The bench handed the period in-between order whilst suo motu impleading the 2 officers in a PIL moved via R Murali searching for direction to restrain the Perungalathur the town panchayat from relaying roads with out milling the existing road.

When the plea got here for listening to, the bench puzzled whether or not laying and relaying of roads are completed according to the prescribed guidelines. The bench seen that except for a few arterial roads - like Kamarajar Salai - many roads in the town are not maintained correctly.

To this, the authorities submitted that the roads are laid as in step with the standards, and that, they are broken because of the work undertaken via other authorities, just like the TNEB and BSNL, to lay pipelines or cables.

Since the organizations that dig the roads take time to ensure there's no leakage in the pipes laid, it takes over three months to repair such roads and the excavations made via them, the officer added.

According to the petitioner, the panchayat authorities are trying to relay roads with out milling the existing roads. This higher the height of the roads causing inconvenience, like flooding, to the residents, Murali stated.

Responding to the plea, E Manoharan, further govt pleader, submitted that the panchayat has already taken a choice to relay roads best after milling the existing ones.

Recording the submissions, the bench stated that there are cases where broken roads were not repaired for a very long time via the Chennai corporation and the state highways, causing a lot inconvenience to the general public.

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