Saidapet Cooum after yesterday’s rains
The water level in Saidapet Cooum (Adyar River) has risen significantly over the last two days. The slums on the banks are already beginning to flood. Every year, I see this happening failing to understand why people still dwell there. I am not thinking about idealistic crap like “why cant they live in homes like we do.”. My thoughts are more on the lines of – “In anycase thosse are illegal establishments. Why can’t they *illegally* establish themselves elsewhere?”. Atleast they can avoid risking lives like this.
The saidapet bridge and the partially submerged slums
The railway bridge and the guindy industrial estate bridge in the background. The bridge is background is almost on the verge of submerging.
One a sidenote: Now that the rain waters are filling up the streets, all the waste and sewages are flowing out of the drainages. Everytime you step out on to the streets remember to wash my feet with dettol. One can see animal wastes floating in the water and its absolutely disgusting. Also, one can notice that a lot more pot holes have surfaced in the roads since day before yesterday. All the patch up works done by the PWD workers seem to be washed away by the rain waters. I wonder how long we will have to wait before the roads are repaired again.