The overflowing sewage at the Kennet Lane in Egmore hindered traffic as motorists had a tough time negotiating the curve due to the high quantity of oil waste. Besides, the stench is unbearable for the tourists and passers-by.
The sewage gushed out from a man hole opposite to Parveen Travels in the lane and flowed through the entire street.
On information, the Metro Water employees worked for about an hour to stop and clear the sewage.
Meanwhile, police from the Egmore law and order wing were informed about the flowing sewage and they instructed the traffic wing to sprinkle sand over the slush to avert skidding by motorists. Besides sprinkling sand, the traffic police also barricaded the lane from Egmore Railway Station end to stop entry of vehicles.
“We have sprinkled 15 bags of red-sand over the oil.”, a traffic cop on duty told Express. A similar sewage overflow was reported near another hotel in Gandhi Irwin Road last week, making life tough for motorists, the police said.
Blaming the hotels in the area for the overflow of sewage, Metro Water official said “We can restrict the solid waste from entering the under ground drainage since we have solid waste filter. But, there are several hotels in that stretch releasing sewage with high oil content which seeps through the solid waste filter”, the official noted.
Ramachandran, a hotelier, said that since noon at least five two-wheeler riders had slipped and fell down due to the sewage. Veeraragavan, an autodriver, said several riders slipped while taking a left hand turn from Kennet Lane to enter Gandhi Irwin Road. Metro Water officials should do something to control the stench, he said.