Thursday, March 31, 2016

Airport’s runway bridge causing floods, say Manapakkam residents

Chennai: The Chennai airport's runway bridge across the Adyar river is hampering the free flow of water, causing flooding in neighbourhoods on its north-western side during heavy rain, say residents of Manapakkam in a petition to the state government. The bridge was built to extend the airport's second runway so that more flights could be handled. But despite warnings, the likelihood of an adverse impact on areas like Manapakkam was not taken into consideration before construction, the residents charged.
A senior official of the Public Works Department (PWD) said, "We have surveyed the area near the bridge and are in the process of studying its impact on the water flow after the airport and its neighbourhood were inundated when water was released from Chembarambakkam reservoir in the first week of December last year."
Houses in Manapakkam were submerged during the flood as the water level rose to more than five feet. The bridge has 477 pillars built close to one another. Soil dug up during construction was not removed and affected the level of river bed near the airport. The river was dry when the bridge was built.
30/03/16 Times of India
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