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The Stitch in Time: Providing a Helping Hand

Unprecedented rains,swollen rivers, devastating floods, total destruction, absolute standstill etc- These were the words that were used to describe the calamity that struck Chennai and its suburbs a few weeks ago.

Record rainfall activity and river floods had hit the city and it’s suburbs very hard and they left behind a mammoth task of clean up. It was estimated that every affected household on an average had thrown out about 500kg of waste. The slush left behind by the floods and this garbage made the localities unhygienic and the risk of infectious diseases loomed large around these areas. The clean up –> removal of wastes and sanitation of the areas had to take place as quickly as possible
Gmmco with the support of Caterpillar swiftly formed 3 special teams to provide a helping hand to the authorities in this cleaning operation. The coordinators for these teams were V Prabakkaran, J Rajkumar and David Amul Raj. Our teams, equipped with a CAT 424B BHL each, headed to 3 locations: Manali, MGR Nagar (on the banks of Adyar River) and Ambattur that were among the most affected areas.

The 1stteam at Manali worked with the Executive Engineer of the Chennai Corporation and engaged the BHL in clearing the garbage.

The 2nd team worked with the Deputy Commissioner of police and had engaged the BHL in clearing debris and slush in very narrow streets at MGR Nagar.

The 3rd team worked with the corporation officials at Ambattur and later at Pozhichalur.

The teams were continuously involved in the relief work for 5 days in these areas. Later , the teams joined hands with a few employees of Caterpillar and Chennai Marathon Runners club to help a few more area near KotturpuramPillaiyarKoil, Velachery MRTS station and Postal Colony (West Mambalam).

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