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Skip the roads on CIT Campus if you can, says LIFFY THOMAS

The trees lining that stretches on CIT Campus in Taramani may provide respite from the sun, but walking down these roads is anything but enjoyable. Potholes and water-logging often render them unusable.

Authorities don’t seem to follow a uniform policy in the management of the five roads on the campus, which comprises premier State and Central Government institutions and NGOs including Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Board of Apprenticeship Training, Central Polytechnic College, M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation and Roja Muthiah Research Library. Only some of these roads are black-topped.

In August, Third Cross Street was black-topped.

It is widely believed that this was done because President Pranab Mukherjee’s was visiting the MSSRF campus as part of its silver jubilee celebrations.

Fourth Cross Road, which is parallel to Third Cross Street, was ignored and now is full of potholes. The recent rains show bad the stretch is likely to get once the North East Monsoon hits the city.

On this stretch, pedestrians can be seen walking on the storm water drain covers which are at least a few feet higher than the road.

“Nearly 15 years ago, when Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and actor Rajnikanth visited the MGR Film City one of the roads was black-topped. Should any big personalities make a visit for authorities to lay any or all of the roads?” asks S. Jamal, working in an institution on the Campus.

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