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Coronet Gardens in a state of neglect

T. S. Atul Swaminathan
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Bad shape:Pothole-ridden Coronet Garden Road which is adjacent to Kanappa Nagar, Kottivakkam.Photo: M. Karunakaran
Bad shape:Pothole-ridden Coronet Garden Road which is adjacent to Kanappa Nagar, Kottivakkam.Photo: M. Karunakaran

T. S. Atul Swaminathan

A host of civic issues seems to plague the residents of Coronet Gardens, adjacent to Kannappa Nagar, Kottivakkam.

The Coronet Garden Road is in a state of neglect.

The public find it difficult to traverse the road which is ridden with potholes.

“For the past 13 years, the road has not been re-laid. We have submitted several petitions to the authorities concerned.

But till date, no action has been taken in this regard. Not even patchwork has been taken on the road for the past several years,” the residents complained.

As vehicles bound for Rajiv Gandhi Salai and Thiruvanmiyur Mass Rapid Transit Systems Station take this road, the thoroughfare has to be re-laid as early as possible.

P. Rajaram, Chairman, Zone 14 (Perungudi), said, “The Zone 14 of Chennai Corporation is taking steps to re-lay the battered roads in Kottivakkam.

The roads will be re-laid soon. Tenders have been floated for the construction of Storm Water Drains (SWDs) in Ward 183.

The work on construction of SWDs will begin soon.”

Poor drainage system

During monsoon, residents have a harrowing time as rain water enters their houses due to poor drainage system.

“When it rains, water enters our houses and almost all rooms get stagnated. We have complained to the civic officials a number of times, but no action has been taken yet. Why can’t the authorities construct a proper drainage system?” said irate residents.

They also complained that the water supply from the Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (CMWSSB) is erratic.

“Although, we pay the sewerage tax and water charges without fail, we receive water only once in three days or go without it for many days,” the residents said. Some of the other problems which continue to trouble the residents are stray-dog menace and poor illumination facility.

“Our appeals to civic officials to curb the stray-dog menace have evoked no response. We are scared to step out of our houses as stray dogs roam the streets in large numbers and the Coronet Garden Road corner connecting Old Mahabalipuram Road and a park (on Coronet Garden Road) has become a haven for anti-social elements,” the residents complained.

Poor drainage, battered road and stray dogs vex residents.

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