New sewage collection well at Chennai beach

By Naomi N Published on Jul 06, 2018 10:26 AM IST

Chennai: In a move to benefit residents of Urur and Alcott Kuppams, a new sewage collection well has been built near Besant Nagar beach in the city.

According to sources, the facility has been constructed to enable those living nearby to divert their waste into the well, which will be pumped into the pumping station nearby.

The work which is half completed and will take another three months to be functional, is being done by both the Chennai Metro Water and Sewage Board of the locality.

Speaking to News Today, contractor and supervisor, Balasubramaniam, said, “This is mainly for the inhabitants of this locality. All this while they have been letting their sewage into the sea and the department wants to stop that.”

Nearly 600 families live in Urur Kuppam and in Alcott Kuppam, it is learnt.

It may be noted that the well has come as a huge relief for residents who have been grappling with the issue of managing waste.

Sources said, “The decision regarding this was taken after the Thiruvizha that was conducted recently. The festival saw many VIPs including an IAS officer in attendance, who noticed the lack of a drainage system. The issue was subsequently taken up with the Metro Water department’.

However, it was reported that the construction was mired into a controversy of sorts, after residents filed a report alleging that the waste management company was not co-operating with members of the locality.

“Their vehicles would collect trash in all areas in Besant Nagar and avoid the kuppam, despite our phone calls and lodging complaints online. They treat us differently,” says Alcott Kuppam society office bearer, Saravanan.