Due to the underground drainage project, Nagapattinam has been covered with a blanket of dust for over two years now. Deep trenches, dugout roads, and mounds of mud mark the much touted yet incomplete project. With the project overshooting its schedule, it is becoming the bane of the town.
The project, executed by Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board (TWAD) on behalf of Nagapattinam Municipality, entails laying 90.30-km sewer lines and setting up of sewage treatment plants (STP) in Nagapattinam and Nagore.
While the board has completed 82 per cent of the project under the collection system, works on 9.5 km of sewer lines are pending. The pending works include the 5-km stretch of the national highway from Nagapattinam to Nagore and on STPs. The Nagore Chamber of Commerce had threatened a road blockade, if relaying work is not taken up on the 2-km Nagore NH45A on which sewer lines have been laid.
The stretch is part of the main 7.2-km-long NH sewer lines to which the trunk lines would eventually be linked. As per the terms of reference, the road would be taken up for laying once the entire underground drain work on NH is completed.