CHENNAI:The current condition of the Rukmani Lakshmipathi–Marashalls Road in Egmore, which has been dug up on both sides for more than a month by Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage (CMWSSB), is headed towards normalcy. Work to re-lay the stretch from the beginning of Binny Road till Adithanar Road has started by the Bus Route Roads department (BRR) of the Greater Chennai Corporation.
As a response to an article published by Express on June 14 about the haphazard state of this road which posed a great challenge to motorists, the CMWSSB in a statement said that the relaying of the east side of the road will be taken up once roads have been laid in the west side near the fire and rescue service building.
The one-kilometre stretch had been dug up for the re-laying of sewer and water pipelines. Now as the water pipelines have been re-laid and checked for leaks, a completion certificate has been sent by the metro water board to the BRR department. “We will finish re-laying the road completely by the end of two weeks. It would have been easier if the metro water board had finished laying pipes in the entire stretch for us to re-lay the road,” said the Superintendent Engineer, BRR department.
To limit frequent traffic jams due to the ongoing work, metro water board officials were instructed by the Chennai Traffic Police to first finish re-laying the water pipeline. Being one of the major roads which connects Anna Salai to Egmore and Pudupet, there is always a heavy flow of vehicles. “We need to link a minor water pipeline to a major one. This will be finished by tonight. The sewer pipeline which needs to be re-laid will be completed in one week,” said Executive Engineer of CMWSSB from Zone five.