Residents of Srinivasapuram in Thiruvanmiyur have for long complained about bad roads in the locality. But on Sunday, they were surprised to see the Chennai Corporation quickly patch up the stretch and wondered if VIP movement in the area was the reason.

“Though hundreds of vehicles pass through it, that portion of road has been in bad shape for many years now and nobody has attended to it. All of a sudden, it was attended to today,” said a resident, who did not want to be named.

Residents suspect that it could be because of the death of a relative of an MLA in the locality, following which several VIPs were expected to visit the stretch. Chennai Corporation officials though have denied it.

“On Saturday evening they cleaned the stretch and dumped the materials and on Sunday morning, the patchwork was done,” a resident said.

“But the repair will not last long as it has already begun raining. The nearby 1st street, Srinivasapuram was re-laid recently, but is already in a sorry state,” he added.

An official at Chennai Corporation said that the repair work had nothing to with the MLA’s relative’s death. “During the rains, we have directed the respective zonal officials to take up patchwork wherever necessary,” he clarified. “For us, every citizen is a VIP.”

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