Residents of over 75 houses in Gandhi Nagar 2nd street of Ward 60 in Shenbakkam conducted a cleaning operation to clear the blocked drain in their area on Wednesday, after their repeated pleas to the authorities went unheard.
They complained that the drainage from more than 300 houses from the adjacent two streets - Dhraubathiamman Koil Street and Pillayar Koil Street - flowed through their area to finally discharge into a bigger canal, which joins in Palar River.
“The drainage line got blocked a month ago due to the recent rains,” said Ramaiah, a resident.
Another resident, Muthumari, said that the drainage line was not de-silted for more than three months and the plastic wastes and other garbage from the houses clogged the drain, affecting the flow.
The residents said that they had submitted three petitions in the past month at the Zone 4 Shenbakkam Office of the Vellore Corporation, but there has been no response.
Following this, on Wednesday, women belonging to more than 15 houses jointly cleared the plastics and other waste which was blocking the drain, as they could no longer stand the stench.
Ramani, a resident, said that the clearing operation was carried out fearing health complications to the residents, especially children, who play on the road.