Wall around Periyakulam Lake collapses in rain | Coimbatore News -

Wall around Periyakulam Lake collapses in rain | Coimbatore News


Coimbatore: A portion of the wall around Ukkadam Periyakulam’s walking track collapsed during the rain on Wednesday night.
The 12 feet-high wall was constructed around the track’s outer perimeter six months ago as part of the Smart City project. Almost 50 feet of the wall that runs along Anna Nagar Road in Cheran Nagar collapsed during the 15mm rainfall. Other portions have developed cracks.
“The wall collapsed and fell on barren land. No one was injured because it occurred at midnight. On normal days, local boys play cricket on the ground and people use it to graze cows,” said J Sadhiq, a commuter. The corporation removed the debris around 1.30pm on Thursday.
DMK MLA N Karthik slammed municipal administration minister S P Velumani for the debacle. “For one person’s selfishness, all landmarks of the city are getting destroyed. Construction of this wall was part of the Rs 998 crore-worth work, including beautifying Ukkadam Periyakulam, Valankulam and playground. The collapse of this wall proves that substandard materials were used for its construction and the corruption involved” he said.
MNM founder Kamal Haasan flayed the state government for poor quality of Smart City construction work in the wake of the wall collapse. Meanwhile, the rain also led to drainage overflow from Gandhi Park’s south gate, near Sullivan Street. “The street is stinking and motorists are not able to drive out from the parking lot,” said J Santhosh, a goldsmith.



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