Ayyappa Nagar residents seek proper roads, water supply

Coimbatore: Residents of Ayyappa Nagar near Eachanari on Monday said they had been living without basic amenities like , drainage, roads and streetlights for more than a decade.
Submitting a petition to district collector T N Hariharan on Monday, the residents said traffic was being diverted through narrow roads in the area, leading to traffic jams, due to the bridge construction work at Eachanari .

Ayyappa Nagar, which falls under ward 100 of the city corporation, has about 200 residents. Secretary of the residents’ welfare association N Murugesan said, “Roads to our area branch off from the Coimbatore-Pollachi Road. But no one knows where they lead to. They are extremely narrow and tar is yet to be laid. Once in a while residents get together to flatten them. Whenever it rains, the roads get boggy and become uneven.” The area was brought under the city corporation seven years ago, but nothing had changed, he added.

Besides absence of roads, residents said the area lacks drains, sewage lines, water supply and even garbage disposal. “Our area does not have sewage or drainage facility, so the waste water from houses pools in front of houses itself. Not only it stinks but high bacterial content of the waste water acts as breeding grounds for mosquitoes,” said Murugesan. “We also lack water supply and proper water pipelines. Even Malumichampatty and Othakkal Mandapam outside the corporation limits look better than our area,” he said, adding, “The garbage too is not collected and is dumped in street corners.”

Residents said their problems had compounded as many cars driving from Ukkadam towards Pollachi were passing through Ayyappa Nagar due to the construction of a bridge at Eachanari. “Cars come into the narrow lanes, get stuck when a vehicle comes in the opposite direction leading to a traffic jam for hours. Later, police officers from the Chettipalayam-Podanur station come to sort it out,” they said.

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