Salem: Residents of Sai Baba Avenue in Kannankurichi town panchayat here on Sunday urged the district administration to address the issue of waterlogging in their area by setting up drainage system. There are 96 families in the locality.
The residents said they were finding it difficult to even step out of their houses as the rainwater that was mixed with sewage was stagnating in the area.
Talking to TOI, K Chandra Gounder, president, Sai Baba Avenue Residents’ Welfare Association, said the situation had been the same for the past two decades. “Initially, the plots were not approved by the government and hence Kannankurichi town panchayat hadn’t set up drainage channels in our area. We, however, had obtained approval from the concerned department while constructing houses.”
The residents said they were facing various health issues because of sewage water stagnation. “The entire area stinks and has become a breeding ground for mosquitoes,” said P Chinnasamy, secretary of the residents’ welfare association. He said two residents had tested positive for dengue in their area recently and they were getting treatment in a private hospital.
While the residents had taken up the issue with town panchayat officials, there was no response from them so far. The residents also urged the officials to install streetlights in the area to prevent anti-social elements from using the locality for consuming liquor and gambling at night hours.

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