Road digging to resume next week at Adyar and Cooum basins

Chennai Corporation is all set to begin work on stormwater drains in Adyar and Cooum basins in the added areas of the city.

After a delay in the commencement of the integrated stormwater drain project due to the monsoon, the civic body is set to resume road digging work next week.

“Work on 35 packages will begin at Valasaravakkam, Alandur and Ambattur,” said a Corporation official.

At least 260 kilometres of drains are expected to be developed along 1,980 roads as part of the Rs. 1,100-crore project.

Work on drains using precast technology is expected to be taken up along many stretches before March. Over 20 per cent of the roads are likely to get new precast drains, reducing the time required for closing roads for traffic, officials said.

Ready in two years

The project is expected to be completed in two years. Many of the roads identified for the drain project have already been damaged in the floods.

Officials will relay the roads only after construction of drains in many stretches.

The drains have been designed to transport water the city receives up to 6.8 centimetres per hour.

Changes in drain design are not likely to be made due to the floods. The maximum width of the stormwater drains will continue to be three feet.