Dust storms in South Chennai

Take a walk, ride or drive down the many roads South of Sardar Patel Road, and chances are you will be caught in a mini dust storm. Do so at about seven in the evening, and you can actually see the dust clouds with haloes around the street lamps. The reason? No, not just the summer temperatures, many of these roads are unpaved, or have been dug up and refilled, but not paved over. So every time a four wheeler passes over them, it raises a cloud of dust. Imagine the scene at rush hour as I did today, and voila!, you have our mini dust storms. It’s actually difficult to breathe if you’re on foot, as I was. God help any asthmatic person caught in one of these streets unawares. One can imagine the plight of the people who live in the residences on these roads, and the people who have to walk through them every day during the rush hour to get home. I hope the Chennai master Development Plan, in addition to water supply and sewerage, doesn’t overlook vital details like this for the well being of the citizens of the city.

3 Comments so far

  1. sathish (unregistered) on June 13th, 2007 @ 11:11 pm

    This is true of every road in chennai. The two sides of the road are always covered by sand blown by the vehicles. Unless all the road sides have pavements which cover the loose sand, we will continue to have dust storms etc

  2. Rajesh (unregistered) on June 14th, 2007 @ 1:11 am

    There are so many brilliant fellows in Madras. There so countless, Accountants, IT guys who some up with brilliant solutions. There are more engineers, doctors and project managers, software pro in madras then any other place in the world. Still, why are we letting the rascal politicians ruin our country. Why not doing anything. I think together we can do something about it and not just talk !!!

  3. Thad E. Ginathom (unregistered) on June 16th, 2007 @ 6:16 pm

    The politicians are the ones the city elected….

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