The four-decade struggle of the residents has finally come to an end with Sembakkam Town Panchayat authorities commencing work on laying a cement concrete road on a small stretch of a pothole-ridden mud road running through Reserve Forest land in its jurisdiction.
A.R.D.Loganathan, Chairman of the town panchayat, said the work was being carried out at a cost of Rs. 60 lakhs with Former Union Minister and Sriperumbudur Lok Sabha Member of Parliament T.R.Baalu contributing Rs. 30 lakhs from his constituency development funds. The rest of the amount was sanctioned from the general funds of the town panchayat.
Speaking to Downtown, he said they were providing cement concrete surface to the road for a length of about one kilometre and a width of five metres, as per the conditions of the Forest Department.
Once completed, it would benefit several thousand residents, school students and office-goers of Sembakkam, Gowrivakkam, Hasthinapuram and Nanmangalam areas. They were hopeful of completing it and inaugurating it at the earliest, Mr. Loganathan added.