CHENNAI: Hundreds of polling employees and agents of various political events braved scorching and humid circumstances to discharge their duties on Election Day.
Though Chennai heaved a sigh of aid with daytime temperatures returning to regular after an intense heat wave final week, the climate was nonetheless sultry with humidity of 70 per cent.
A Rajesh, a polling agent stationed at Arignar Anna Government Higher Secondary School on Poonamallee Road, stated sitting inside a polling sales space for 12 hours on this climate was very discomforting.
“The problem is most of these school rooms are not properly ventilated. On top of it, wearing masks made it even more difficult,” Rajesh stated.
R Varalakshmi, who was on ballot responsibility at a sales space in Porur, had related complaints.
“There is no fresh air. It’s like sitting inside a microwave,” she advised Express whereas stepping out for a breather.
The paramilitary personnel deployed additionally had to take care of harsh climate and unruly crowd in choose polling cubicles at Perambur, Kolathur, Pulianthope, Chepauk and Villivakkam.
Some of those police personnel have been from north India, who had issues speaking with native partymen and there have been verbal arguments.
On Tuesday, the metropolis’s Nungambakkam station recorded day time temperature of 34 diploma Celsius, whereas Meenambakkam station clocked 34.8 diploma Celsius.
However, individuals who made the better of the climate have been small distributors promoting cool drinks.
Most of the polling cubicles have been swamped by watermelon and muskmelon distributors who did brisk enterprise. They have been additionally utilized by political events to lure voters.
Many voters have been seen being provided recent juice by celebration agents.