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Updated: November 11, 2013 16:51 IST

Grievances meet inspires confidence in residents

T. Madhavan
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A view of the CTH Road near Ambattur OT bus stand. Photo: K. Pichumani
The Hindu A view of the CTH Road near Ambattur OT bus stand. Photo: K. Pichumani

MP sanctions around Rs. 1.25 crore for various works in Ambattur zone. T. Madhavan reports

Members of Residents Welfare Associations of Ambattur zone were happy with the outcome of their meeting with D.M.K. leader and Sriperumbudur MP T.R. Baalu. The minister agreed to meet most of their demands.

Over 300 representatives from 50 associations were eager to get answers regarding infrastructure work such as road widening, provision of street light and construction of new buildings in their areas.

Written complaints were presented to Mr. Baalu, who in turn allocated work to the public representatives, NGOs and asked his office bearers to follow them up.

Many wanted to know the status of widening work at Chennai-Tiruvallur High Road and Southern Railway’s plan of constructing Limited Use Subway near Ambattur railway station. The MP assured these long-pending works would be carried out as per schedule. In a letter addressed to the Collectors of Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts, the minister has sanctioned around Rs. 1.25 crore for the various works to be undertaken by the Corporation.

Provision of two High Mast Lights at Old Oragadam Vinayagar Kovil and A.K.Nagar, Oragadam, in Corporation Division 79, is to be carried out at a cost of Rs. 10 lakh, Rs. 5 lakh has been sanctioned for construction of a library at Vijayalakshmipuram in Ambattur, and another Rs. 5 lakh for provision of High Mast Light at Semozhi Children’s Park, Ambattur. A community Hall is to be constructed in Kalyanapuram at a cost of Rs. 15 lakh from the Local Area Development Fund of the minister.

To a demand for the construction of a library in Maha Ganesa Vidyasala Middle School, Venkatapuram, Ambattur, he sanctioned Rs. 5 lakh. Teachers Colony is all set to get a new ration shop at a cost of Rs. 15 lakh.

Sowmyaram Babu, president of Thiruvengada Nagar Residents Welfare Association, highlighted the need for a high mast light at Viveka Nagar, Krishnapuram and Thiruvengada Nagar junction on Cholambedu Road. Rs. 5 lakh was sanctioned for the same.

When Athipattu residents asked for the construction of a public toilet block, Mr. Baalu sanctioned Rs. 7.50 lakh.

Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam’s District representative S. Sudarsanam and Chennai Corporation’s Ambattur Zone Chairman Joseph Samuel participated in the meet. Talking to Downtown, Joseph Samuel said the MP had increased the allocations to the tune of Rs. 50 lakh for various projects in the zone.

Meanwhile, some residents were disappointed that a traffic signal had not been provided near Sir Ramaswamy Mudaliar School, Ambattur, as promised by the MP during last year’s meeting. Official sources said there were some administrative hitches to be cleared.

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