Deepa H. Ramakrishnan
Korukupet subway work to start soon, says Zonal Committee Chairman
CHENNAI: Issues, such as garbage dump bursting at its seams, nearly half of its population living in slums, subway and overbridge projects being non-starters and lesser frequency of MTC buses dog Zone-1 (Tondiarpet) of the Chennai Corporation.
Residents said commuting to other parts of the city was a major problem. Projects such as the subway at Korukupet and Bhojarajan Nagar beneath the railway tracks have been pending for a long time now.
The foundation stone for the Korukupet subway was laid in 2000, but the project has still has not started.
“The number of bus services is also less. There are not enough buses to Red Hills, to Parry’s Corner, Anna Salai and Koyambedu. In the Korukupet line buses like 32 A and 44 C have very less frequency. Since many people belong to the lower income group, we depend on buses for transportation and are forced to change buses owing to a lack of direct services,” said Gupta, who runs a shop that supplies material for stainless steel polishing industries.
A large section of the population in the 13 wards earn a living by rolling beedis, making furniture, washing clothes at the dhobikanas, working in industries that include the hundreds of tiny steel utensil-making units and as platform vendors.
However, there are no banks or post offices servicing a population of around 80,000 voters from IOC to Harinarayanapuram areas.
“Water pressure has been low in some areas in R.K. Nagar. There are also not enough lorry trips. Mosquitoes are quite a problem here because the conservancy staff do not spray insecticides on a regular basis. Street lights too don’t work in many areas. We have been complaining regularly but the Corporation says it does not have enough funds,” said B. Kanniah of Friends Family Welfare Association.
In response, Zonal Committee Chairman Dunlop P. Ravi, said work on the Korukupet subway and the two-wheeler subway at Bhojaraja Nagar would soon start.
“The delay in the Korukupet subway work was because the railways had to lay an additional line and also due to some encroachments. Tenders would be called by July-August. The work order for the Rs.12 Crore overbridge at Meenambal Nagar would be issued after encroachments on the railway property are removed and water mains are moved.”
On the issue of buses, he said, “we have asked the Metropolitan Transport Corporation for more buses from the IOC. It was only after the DMK came to power that traffic on Vaidhyanathan bridge road has resumed. The Corporation is laying two additional roads to the Kodungaiyur garbage yard, is constructing a compound wall and also laying a garden there.” he explained.
Mr. Ravi also said the Corporation had formed self-help groups for men as well as women as part of its poverty alleviation programme.