R. Keerthana

Cleanliness and better infrastructure seem to be the priority of the newly-elected councillors for various wards in Zone IX and X. Incidentally, it is a clean sweep for AIADMK as the councillors (all of them) from these zones represent the party and they assure to take up the pending and unfinished projects in the respective wards.

N. Baskaran, councillor of ward 140, says that he would clean up the Kothandaraman Temple tank. “The water resource has been in a bad shape. The surrounding pathway, which is being used as an open toilet will be cleaned and made commutable,” he says. He also notes that arrangements are being made to shift the TUCS ration shop at Ashok Pillar which caters to residents of West Mambalam to a closer spot. He also says that the trees will be spruced up and stormwater drains will be cleared of blockage.

Garbage clearance is a major issue in the ward 142, says its councillor M.M. Babu. He says that he has been meeting the Corporation authorities of various departments and has encouraged them to co-ordinate with people to attend to sewage problems, garbage clearance and other incomplete projects of the ward. He says that the area has a lot of slums such as Masuthipallam and Kothavalchavadi Street and creating awareness on hygiene among the dwellers is his priority.

Virugambakkam area could possibly see a solution for its perennial drainage problem. Jayanthi, councillor of ward 128, says that a mini pumping station will be built at the earliest in Virugambakkam. “The project has been sanctioned and it will be a big relief for the region once it is built.” She also notes that she will be taking up the garbage clearance issue.

The main concern for R.C. Arumugam, councillor of ward 141, is the growing traffic snarls. The hot spots of T. Nagar traffic namely Madley Road, Usman Road, Burkit Road, Venkatnarayana Road, New Boag Road and CIT Nagar fall under this ward. Mr. Arumugam says that he will initially regulate parking, which is a main cause of traffic in these areas. “New buildings coming up without parking facilities in their plan will not be sanctioned permission. Steps will also be taken to regular parking of two-wheelers and cars of residents, who park outside their houses,” he says. He says that a five ground space inside the Slum Clearance Board at CIT Nagar has been identified for parking of residents vehicles. After approval from the Board, steps will be taken for setting up a Corporation Car Parking facility, which will not only create space on road but also bring revenue for the Corporation.”

Vatsala of ward 139 promises to attend to the sanitation of the area. She says that West Jones Road, Venugopal Road and School Road, which have been damaged in the rain will be repaired. “Where ever necessary, new roads will be laid,” she assures. Street lights will also be erected, she declares.

The new representatives are

Zone VIII

Ward 107 (Ko-Si-Mani Nagar) – T. Kasthuri.

Zone IX

Ward 110 (Azhagiri Nagar) -Chandrasekaran, Ward 117 (Vadapalani (West)) - P. Arumugam and Ward 118 (Vadapalani (East)) D. Sivaraj,

Zone X

Ward 127 (Rajaji Nagar) - K. Malairajan, Ward 128 (Virugambakkam (South)) – G. Jayanthi, Ward 129 (Saligramam) – Senthil Pandi V, Ward 130 (Kodambakkam (North)) – B. Sathya Narayanan, Ward 131 (Kodambakkam (South)) – M. Gunasekaran, Ward 132 (Saidapet (West)) – A. Alamelu, Ward 133 (Kumaran Nagar (North)) – Geetha Lakshmi, Ward 134 (Kumaran Nagar (South)) – Manikam, Ward 135 (Saidapet (East)) – S. Padmini, Ward 136 (Kalaignar Karunanidhi Nagar) – Video V. Saravanan, Ward 137 (V.O.C.Nagar) – S. Subramani, Ward 138 (G.D. Naidu Nagar (East)) – K. Vidhubalan, Ward 139 (G.D. Naidu Nagar (South)) – N.K. Vatchala, Ward 140 (Guindy (West)) – N. Baskaran, Ward 141 (Guindy (East)) – R.C. Arumugam and Ward 142 (Bhemmannapet) M.M. Babu

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