TRICHY: A joint road quality audit carried out by residents and Arappor Iyakkam, an NGO, has highlighted 199 damaged roads in Trichy city. The audit findings have been submitted to Trichy Corporation for appropriate action. The residents have also requested the implementation of an online grievance redressal system to address civic service complaints.
Arappor Iyakkam conducted the audit based on information provided by residents’ welfare organizations, individuals, and NGOs in the city. Through an online form, the NGO gathered photographs and a list of poor roads. A two-month (April-May) survey revealed that 199 roads in the city are in poor condition, primarily due to ongoing underground drainage and drinking water supply restoration work, as well as recent rainfall damage.
Among the city’s five zones, Zone I has the lowest number of damaged roads (7), while Zone IV has the highest (94). Some of the roads found to be poor are being managed by the state highways department. The NGO noted that roads dug for underground drainage work were not adequately restored. The audit report emphasizes that 11 roads require immediate repair.
The increasing height of roads after relaying is another concern, according to Jayaram Venkatesan, convenor of Arappor Iyakkam. The NGO has submitted the report to Trichy Corporation, urging senior officials to inspect roads in MM Nagar and KK Nagar, where road height was raised after relaying.
Residents have called for a civic grievances application similar to Namma Chennai mobile app. Trichy Corporation officials stated that they have been periodically availing themselves of special funds to repair damaged roads. “We will inspect the roads where the quality was questioned. We will disclose the efforts taken by the local body in repairing the damaged roads recently,” a senior official said.