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People risk their lives on train tracks as Easwari Nagar metro remains waterlogged – Reuters

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CHENNAI: Come rain or shine, the Easwari Nagar metro in Pallavaram remains waterlogged. The flood gets worse when it rains. “Residents haven’t complained about this problem for half a decade. The roof and walls are leaking all the time and the two-wheelers are skidding in the slush,” said Syed Shamsudeen, a civic activist from Pallavaram.

The cracks are widening and at least some work should be undertaken immediately to avoid a major accident, regular commuters said. The metro that connects east and west Pallavaram was maintained by Southern Railway. It was handed over to Pallavaram Municipality two years ago, which has now become Tambaram Corporation.

“I filed a complaint with each civic body and even the CM cell. Yet no action has been initiated,” Syed added.

Pedestrians also face problems because of this. “To avoid having to wade through stagnant water, pedestrians often cross railway tracks, risking their lives. After the recent rains, almost everyone was on the slopes. The roof has cracked and with the trains passing right above it is very scary to use the metro,” said Pallavaram resident Shanthini Balakrishnan.

Roads on the east side of Pallavaram, connecting to the metro, are also riddled with potholes. “No maintenance work has been done on this metro. Similar is the situation with the connecting roads. Coupled with poor lighting, it is a nightmare to walk the path after dusk,” said V Keerthana, a resident of Tambaram.

When contacted, a Tambaram company official said the civic body had undertaken work to replace lights along the subway. Once completed, they will work on relay routes.

CHENNAI: Come rain or shine, the Easwari Nagar metro in Pallavaram remains waterlogged. The flood gets worse when it rains. “Residents haven’t complained about this problem for half a decade. The roof and walls are leaking all the time and the two-wheelers are skidding in the slush,” said Syed Shamsudeen, a civic activist from Pallavaram. The cracks are widening and at least some work should be undertaken immediately to avoid a major accident, regular commuters said. The metro that connects east and west Pallavaram was maintained by Southern Railway. It was handed over to Pallavaram Municipality two years ago, which has now become Tambaram Corporation. “I filed a complaint with each civic body and even the CM cell. Yet no action has been initiated,” Syed added. Pedestrians also face problems because of this. “To avoid having to wade through stagnant water, pedestrians often cross railway tracks, risking their lives. After the recent rains, almost everyone was on the slopes. The roof has cracked and with the trains passing right above it is very scary to use the metro,” said Pallavaram resident Shanthini Balakrishnan. Roads on the east side of Pallavaram, connecting to the metro, are also riddled with potholes. “No maintenance work has been done on this metro. Similar is the situation with the connecting roads. Coupled with poor lighting, it is a nightmare to walk the path after dusk,” said V Keerthana, Tambaram resident Contacted, a Tambaram company official said that the civic body has undertaken work to replace the lights along the metro, once the work is completed they will work on the relay routes.