CHENNAI: Though waters have drained, motorists in the city have to sail through the dust that covers roads like the early morning mist. “This year was the worst of all,” said Siva Subramaniam, an IT employee in Guindy. “It’s tough to get anywhere without feeling exhausted and irritated,” he said.
Motorists claim that driving in Koyambedu, Royapuram, Virugambakkam and Royapettah, Thiruvottiyur Main Road and Anna Salai is almost impossible. “On the Thiruvottiyur Main Road, I suddenly began gasping for breath due to the dust from the nearby factories. I had to stop for nearly 45 minutes before I started riding again,” said Gowtham, a techie from Virugambakkam.
“I usually carry a bottle of glucose with me while riding my scooter, and I advise my children to do the same,” said Mughil Arasi, a school teacher who drives between Ambattur and Porur. “I rarely reach my destination without a problem,” she said.
Edward, another techie, agrees and adds that driving to Koyambedu from Poonamallee High Road is exhausting. “There is too much dust in that area and most motorists do not use their visors at night as it blur their vision. This causes respiratory problems,” said Edward.
Motorists claim that at least 471 roads which have bus routes should be cleaned regularly. “All roads must be well paved and maintained to control dust. They should be well regulated by policemen,” said Mughil Arasi.