|Men at Risk: Manual De-Silting of Chennai Storm-Water Drainage System|
The storm-water drainage system in the zones of the Chennai Corporation is easily gets exposed even the shortest spell of rains. The city's 1,660 km of storm water drain-system are affected by water stagnation and flooding during monsoon.
The Corporation of Chennai, India has only one method of cleaning. It is one of the most off-putting sights in ‘Singaara Chennai’ (Beautiful Chennai). The Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (CMWSSB) has undertaken de-silting operation of storm-water drains in a cyclic manner and removing the silt or sludge from the storm water drains. Usually it was carried out twice in a year. The departmental de-silting men were engaged as a weekly program. Now contract laborers are engaged to de=silt 52,000 meters of sewer lines and 1,800 manholes. The inspection chambers are opened and the de-silting men manually remove the silt. And it is terribly out-of-date and the men are risking their life. I have captured this sewage cleaning man at Broadway, Chennai.