Exnora meet at Mambalam throws up a shopping list of civic issues that require urgent attention. T. Madhavan reports
Mambalam Exnora Club met recently to discuss the civic problems in the neighbourhood. Issues that dominated the meeting include construction of a substation, renovation of K.R. Koil temple tank and construction of a mini pedestrian subway beneath Mambalam railway station. This subway, participants said, would connect the Mambalam Station Road and Ranganathan Street, T. Nagar. The improvement of Madley Road subway was also discussed in detail.
Residents were unhappy over non-operation of direct buses to Thiruvanmiyur and Koyambedu. Kannan, a resident of Jothiramalingam Street said that at present there were no bus facilities in the interior areas of West Mambalam and around the Mambalam Railway Station. He appealed to the Government to ply small buses from Ashok Nagar or T. Nagar to Anna Salai via West Mambalam and the interiors parts of Kodambakkam.
R. Govindaraj, president, Mambalam Residents Welfare Exnora, said that the traffic signals at the Arya Gowda Road and Brindavan Street Junction were not functioning for the last six months. He suggested laying of speed breakers at important junctions on Arya Gowda Road.
R. Thyagarajan, secretary, Arangappan Street Civic Exnora, requested the traffic police to take steps to ease the congestion at the Easwaran Koil Street and Kuppaiah Street junction during peak hours. He pointed out that although right turn was restricted, the rule was flouted. Ravi from K.R. Koil Street said Madley Road subway had to be improved in a big way.
He said water seepage from the nearby tank led to water stagnation on the road and made motoring difficult. Moreover, beggars and drunkards slept on the poorly-lit pedestrian pathway. Its staircase was in disrepair, making it impossible for women and the elderly to use it.
N. Chandrasekar from Ramakrishnapuram Third Street said that a TASMAC outlet at the entrance of the street had a huge crowd causing nuisance to the residents. Necessary action had to be taken, he said.
R. Kalyani from Syamalavadana Street complained about the bad condition of their road and poor clearance of garbage. Govindaraj complained about the bad shape of Veerasamy Street and requested the authorities to re-lay it at the earliest. Inefficient clearance of garbage in the streets of Division 135 was also mentioned.
Residents from Lakshmi Street, Brindavan Street, Jubliee Road, Manickkam Street, Thambiah Road, Lake view Road, Ellaiyamman Koil Street, Kuppaiah Street, Thiruvenkadam Street also participated in the meet.