Road digging work carried out amidst heavy traffic came in for criticism from motorists and pedestrians in Vellore town. According to motorists, the work disrupted the flow of traffic.
Road digging and reconstruction work should have been done during the night, as it would not affect the traffic, owners of shops along Arcot Road said.
The area near Vellore-Arcot Road was dug up by contract workers of the Vellore Municipal Corporation for ensuring free flow of water into the drains in adjacent localities.
Corporation sources said sharp showers a couple of days ago led to waterlogging on Babu Rao Street, Krishnappa Street, KV Chetty Street and PSS Koil Street.
While clearing the debris from stormwater drains, officials found that the drain at the entrance of Arcot Road was too small to handle the heavy flow from these streets. The officials decided to widen the stormwater drain and work was started on Thursday.
This led to a blockage of traffic on the side of the road and heavy vehicles such as government buses to Arcot, Walaja, Visharam and Thiruvalam had to compete for road space with motorists flouting traffic rules.
Though the road from the Collector Office side of Arcot Road was declared as ‘one way’ beyond Christian Medical College Hospital Jubilee Gate, two-wheelers and autorickshaws were allowed as a gesture to patients visiting the hospital. According to VMC officials, work would be completed in five days.
The digging up of roads had been necessitated due to waterlogging in the neighbouring streets, they added.