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SEEKING SOLUTIONS: Residents submitting petitions at the grievance redress programme organised by the Chennai Corporation in Velachery on Saturday.
SEEKING SOLUTIONS: Residents submitting petitions at the grievance redress programme organised by the Chennai Corporation in Velachery on Saturday.

Staff Reporter

Demands pour in from Velachery, Adyar, Thiruvanmiyur

CHENNAI: Hundreds of petitions pertaining to assessment of property tax, seeking status of new water and sewerage connections and issue of birth and death certificates were submitted at a grievance redress meeting organised by the Chennai Corporation for residents of Velachery, Taramani, Adyar and Thiruvanmiyur on Saturday.

A total of 823 petitions were received, at the ‘Makkalai Thedi’ programme held in Velachery. Of them, the issues raised in 424 were resolved on the spot, which included 242 petitions about property tax, property name change and issue of trade licences, 30 about new water and sewer connections and 30 related to issue of birth and death certificates.

A total of 110 petitions on repair of streetlights and removal of garbage and building debris and some others on stray dog menace were addressed as the Chennai Corporation men and machinery were present at the meeting. Workers of the Corporation caught several stray dogs from a few residential colonies.

Inaugurating the meeting, Mayor M. Subramanian highlighted the success of the ‘Makkalai Thedi’ series, which was launched last month. Talking about development works undertaken by the civic body in Velachery, Mr.Subramanian said stormwater drain network for a length of 8.5 km had been constructed at a cost of Rs.4.60 crore. This year, the network would be expanded at a cost of Rs.2.50 crore.

Chennai Corporation Commissioner Rajesh Lakhoni urged the residents to make use of meeting series to get their grievances resolved at the venue and save themselves the trouble of going to various offices.

Members of the Federation of Velachery Welfare Associations urged the Chennai Corporation to construct a road overbridge at the Vijayanagar junction and widen the Velachery Main Road.

Members of Vijayanagar Residents’ Welfare Association called upon the civic body to undertake regular vector control measures to prevent breeding of mosquitoes in the Velachery Canal and prevent letting out of waste water into the canal by commercial establishments along the perimeter of the canal.

Adyar Gandhi Nagar Welfare Association members wanted encroachments on Canal Bank Road to be removed, as they hindered the free flow of traffic.

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