Residents of Kodambakkam and West Mambalam had planned to hold a token fast on August 19 to urge the government to allow two-wheeler traffic on the upcoming subway at Rangarajapuram railway gate. However, on the intervention of Chennai Mayor Saidai Duraisamy the residents resolved to temporarily postpone the agitation. The Mayor, after consultations with the department officials concerned, promised to solve the issue.
A special meeting was held by residents at August 19.
Over 45 Resident Welfare Associations’ office-bearers and committee members participated. LIC Manikkam, Zone Chairman of Zone 10 Corporation of Chennai, addressed the gathering and explained the recent development in relation to this issue.
Mr. Manikkam said that he met officials along with the Mayor on August 17 and explained the gravity of the issue and residents’ continuous protest in this regard.
“On this basis, the Mayor asked the officials to cancel the current tender and make necessary arrangements to allow two-wheelers traffic on the subway.”
A resolution to this effect was also passed in the Ward Committee and sent it to the Bridges department. Mr. Manikkam said that he has personally handed over a letter to the Mayor and Commissioner insisting that two-wheeler movement be allowed. “I will work along with all residents in this matter and ensure that it will be solved to their satisfaction,” he added.