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By Our Staff Reporter
Residents in some streets of Kilpauk were pleasantly surprised when whistles blew and Corporation employees collected rubbish from the doorstep of every flat and house. Three months ago, the Corporation began its efforts at keeping the city clean. Ward councillors and non-government organisations donated tricycles while the manpower came from Chennai Corporation. The programme will be extended only to residential areas; commercial areas are required to make their own arrangements.
Said a resident of Kuttiappan Street in Kilpauk, "when I received the flyer yesterday, my first thought was that I would be asked to pay for the collection. It was better than depending on my domestic help".
Some residents of the area who spoke to this reporter felt that the flyer was another non-starter because the Corporation was talking about a programme that sounded too difficult to implement. To those living in less affluent housing units off the Kuttiappan Street, it was a boon. The street has several blocks of flats and quite a few residents find it a chore to carry their rubbish to the nearest dustbin, which could be across the block.
Residents smiled at the arrival of whistle-blowing teams, who came by twice in the morning to pick up rubbish. Said a happy resident, "Only middle class people live here. Such efforts are taken up only in areas where the well-heeled people live".
Road repairs, which are being pursued in some areas by the civic body, have left only deep troughs that have been catching motorists by surprise.
These include bus-route roads like Brindavan Street in West Mambalam, where the repairs have resulted in virtual speed breakers.
Residents in many other areas await work to start to repair their roads, before the onset of monsoon.
These include United India Colony at Kodambakkam, several roads at Alwarpet, Reddikuppam Road, West Mambalam, Bishop Wallers Avenue, CIT Colony and interior roads in West Saidapet.
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