Nine months after resolution was passed, road widening work at Kaliamman Koil Street is yet to kick start. T.S. Atul Swaminathan reports

Resolution passed, inspection done, but nine months later, there are no indications of road widening work beginning at Kaliamman Koil Street, Virugambakkam. Residents are so irked that they are planning to file a Public Interest Litigation petition in the matter.

S. Arumai Nathan, president, Virugambakkam Residents Welfare Association, said, “We submitted a petition to the Mayor to facilitate the road widening work on Kaliamman Koil Street at a public consultation meeting on the proposed flyover on Arcot Road – Kalaignar Karunanidhi Nagar 80 Feet Road in June. But, no action has been initiated so far.”

The stretch is worst-hit in terms of vehicular traffic movement. The narrow thoroughfare is a link road to K.K. Nagar, Valasaravakkam, Porur and Vadapalani. Residents believe that traffic congestion will reduce considerably on Jawaharlal Nehru Road and Arcot Road if widening work is executed at the earliest.

“Though the Revenue Department, Chennai Corporation, Mambalam-Guindy Taluk Office, and Nungambakkam Taluk Office have inspected the stretch, road widening work is yet to start. It is difficult to negotiate the road during peak hours. The pedestrians are the worst sufferers. With vehicles haphazardly parked, they are forced to walk on the road,” said S. Jai, a resident of Virugambakkam.

The inauguration of Koyambedu Wholesale Market Complex has added to the traffic chaos.

“Road widening seems far from reality. With commercial establishments eating into road space, a systematic plan is needed for clearing encroachments and widening the road,” V. Prakash, another resident said.

Traders say they have proper patta to prove that the land they occupy belongs to them. “We have been doing business here for many years. If the road is widened, we should be compensated. The Chennai Corporation should issue the affected property owners Development Rights Certificate and additional Floor Space Index (FSI) should be allocated to us,” the traders said.

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