‘Chennai will be the safest city during monsoon’

Greater Chennai Corporation Commissioner G Prakash said that the city will be the safest during monsoon.

He said the corporation had received only 302 complaints in the past two days in its 24×7 control room set up at Ripon Buildings.

He added that in 2015 during the flood, about 1,000 complaints were received on a single day. “This itself proves that only a few areas had water stagnation issues and they were also addressed as soon as possible,” he said.

The corporation has cleared 50% of the total complaints it received relating to cyclone Nivar, he said. It attended 135 complaints on tree fall, water stagnation, power outage and health-related complaints. Water stagnation complaints were the highest 58, and 40 of them were cleared.

He stated that the reasons for lesser complaints included construction of 1,000km storm water drain in the city since 2016. The city has 48 canals and the most problematic, according to him, were the Otteri Nallah that has a lot of encroachments along the course.

“We are working on it. The areas in North Chennai like Pullainthope and the Vysarpadi subway were inundated because of this. This comes under the Kosasthalaiyar basin which is yet to be taken up by the corporation. In a few years, Chennai would be the safest city during monsoons,” he said.

When asked about water stagnation in areas such as Velacherry, Pallikaranai, Madipakkam, he stated that the Kovalam basin integrated storm water drain project was yet to commence. “We have a fund tie-up now and work will begin in a few weeks,” he said.