The Madras-Tiruvallur High Road (MTH Road) is turning out to be a nightmare for commuters. In a constant state of disrepair for the last year, the road is full of potholes or is simply ‘missing’ in some areas.
G Abyvarghese, a resident of the area and the president of the Senthil Nagar Youth and Residents Welfare Association, claims that he has sent 13 letters to Corporation Commissioner and yet, no word has been said on the subject of repairs.
The MTH Road stretch links Aynavaram to Tiruvallur, passing through the areas of ICF, Villivakkam, Ambattur and Avadi. For people who work in the Ambattur Industrial Estate, the travel is distressing, to say the least. “When I travel to work, I try to avoid the MTH Road by taking the Anna Nagar route. But on days when I’m forced to take this road, I end up reaching office late. It is terrible,” says a motorist.
Residents also say that they’ve seen an increase in the number of quarrels and mishaps on the road during the recent months.
“There was one accident near the Nathamuni Junction some time ago. There were a couple of bike accidents near that stretch, as well. People are forced to drive erratically to avoid craters and this gets them into trouble with other motorists,” said G Abyvarghese.
R Manivannan, another resident readily agrees with Abyvarghese. “One part of the area is so bad that the vehicles travel on the opposite side of the road to avoid the potholes. It’s patchy in places and even a small spell of rain worsens the situation. Even if the road is patched for the time being, it would help tremendously,” he said.
Corporation officials were unavailable for comment despite repeated attempts to contact them.