When it rains, residents of Ram Muni Nagar at Karisalkulam have a horrid time. They have to walk on slushy streets.

P. Abdul Latheef, who has been frequenting the place since the 1970s, says the situation has hardly improved since the time it was a village panchayat.

“Though it comes under ward 1 of the city, everyone considers Karisalkulam a village because of the poor road infrastructure,” he says.

P. Alagarsamy, an electrician, says many houses have come up on poramboke land earmarked for 20 feet roads.

“Encroachment is rampant and officials hardly checked it.”

He adds that if it rains for three successive days, there will be three feet of water in the entire area. So, young children regularly fall sick.

Another resident, C. Arun, says the Corporation has not done any anti-mosquito activities since the dengue scare last year.

A surplus channel running from Vilangudi to Sellur passes through the ward. Since it is without concrete lining, water flows into roads through breaches making the place slushy.

A Corporation engineer says steps are being taken to improve the civic condition.

“Metal roads are being laid in IOC Nagar and on Ram Muni Nagar Second Street. In Tirumalai Nagar also, there is a proposal to lay road,” he says.

A permanent Urban Primary Health Centre will soon be built under National Urban Health Mission.

Around 75 to 100 individual household toilets have been built under Swachh Bharat Mission.

“A public toilet in Pandian Nagar has been revamped and potholes on roads in Karisalkulam have been filled. All households get adequate supply of water under the Cauvery Integrated Water Supply Scheme,” he adds.

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