Issues such as traffic regulation, parking space, encroachment, mobile eateries, flyovers, bus facility and foot over bridge featured in the meet which was conducted on March 27 on New Boag Road.
Residents felt that multi-storeyed car parking facilities should be constructed at least at four locations in T. Nagar. Noting that pedestrian crossing, which has become hectic with the coming of the flyover, the residents demanded foot over bridges to be built at the T. Nagar bus terminus junction, Duraisamy Road/Usman Road junction, Ranganathan Street/Usman Road junction. Kodambakkam residents pointed out to a similar need on Arcot Road near Meenakshi College.
The need for a circular bus route connecting T. Nagar Bus terminus with Burkit Road, Dhandapani Street, Sivagnanam Street, Pondy Bazaar, Panagal Park, Prakasam Road, Usman Road, GN Chetty Road, Raghaviah Road, Coats Road, Murugesan Street, Usman Road (New flyover) back to bus terminus, was identified.
In order to alleviate the traffic problem, additional flyovers, or subways should be constructed at T. Nagar bus terminus junction, Jawarharlal Nehru Road and Arcot Road junction (at Vadapalani), the residents felt.
Residents in unison wanted public toilets to be built in many places of T. Nagar, absence of which has been creating nuisance to the residents. Residents of West Mambalam suggested that a high water tank is required, exclusively for their area, as it suffers from low pressure in the water lines. They said that all the approach roads should be widened as well as aligned to enable smooth flow of traffic to the subway. The temple located on the middle of the Ellaimman Koil Street should be re-located and encroachments on the street be removed.
Need for culverts
Many streets in Kodambakkam, such as Aziz Nagar, Subramanya Nagar and Rangarajapuram areas are prone to water logging during monsoon. To alleviate this problem, the representatives suggested that culverts be constructed between Azeez Nagar (Kodambakkam side) and Mambalam High Road and Subramanya Nagar (Kodambakkam side) and Mambalam High Road on T. Nagar side. Both these culverts should be constructed under railway tracks so that storm water can be channelised to the Mambalam Canal.
At Ashok Nagar, residents suggested ideas for better utility of the Tamil Nadu Housing Board Shopping Complex near Ashok Pillar. The multi-storeyed facility could be used by various Government offices of the area, some floors for shopping and the rest of the building can be used as a multi-storey parking facility. This will benefit the future commuters of the Metro Rail, which is planning to have a station nearby.
The playground on 6th Avenue, Ashok Nagar, should be improved and upgraded for the benefit of the children of this area. The residents requested for the long-pending demand of resumption of two-way traffic in Ashok Nagar to be addressed. The existing one-way traffic system in Ashok Nagar (near Ashok pillar) has put the residents, especially senior citizens and children, in great hardship. Residents from Vadapalani wanted the sewerage line of Vadapalani to be connected to Nesapakkam Pumping Station in order to avoid blocks.
Some of the other requests included immediate shifting of hawkers to the new building at Pondy Bazaar, pedestrian subway between Ranganathan Street and Station Road, additional platform on the west side (Station Road side) of the Mambalam Railway Station, improvisation of public libraries in Mambalam and Kodambakkam, upgradation of Anna Park at United India Colony and installation of traffic signals at Ashok Nagar, West Mambalam, Kodambakkam and T. Nagar. Issues to be addressed included power cuts due to overload and inadequate clearance of garbage.
The ideas were shared by R. Govindaraj, Joint Secretary, Exnora International and president, T. Nagar Zone Exnora, Anand Laxman, senator, Exnora International and Secretary, T.Nagar Zone Exnora and Divisional Coordinators: T.R. Srinivasan, Srinvasa Raghavan, R. Sridharan, A.K. Ramu, T.K Raghunathan, K. Magesh, Murugan, Babu, Meenakshi, S. Gopi, T.R. Ramasamy, Yogam Ravi, Paramanathan and Dr. Sakkubai and office-bearers of various Civic Exnora.