Despite the Corporation’s financial allocation to fix potholes, only 770 of the almost 5,000 have been fixed.
What’s happening? The Chennai Corporation has allocated ₹10 crores for 200 wards to patch-up roads and fix potholes. Activists say ward officials and councillors are siphoning off the money. Civic officials say the tenders are still being processed.
- The civic body assessed that more than 1,700 roads needed patching up, with more than 4,900 potholes identified. Kodambakkam and Royapuram had the highest, with 808 and 671, respectively.
- The civic body allocated sacks of cold mix to all the wards, but the work hasn’t begun yet. In several zones, no work has been carried out over the past two weeks.
Residents speak: One resident said the conditions of the roads are dire and will get worse once the monsoon sets in. In some places like Arcot Road, auto drivers have to use the interior roads due to Metro construction. In other parts, there are minor accidents every day due to poor road conditions.