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’No parking’ boards on gates of residential buildings.
’No parking’ boards on gates of residential buildings.

Of late, more and more private organisations are displaying ‘no parking’ boards before gates of individual houses. No prior permission is sought and it is only self-advertisement. Such display only obstructs the entrance view.

It also does not help the owners’ cause as more vehicles are now being parked than before. The police should take action to stop such unwarranted acts.

C.Varadarajan

Alwarpet

Relocate post office

At present, Adambakkam post office (600088) is functioning at Balakrishnapuram, a bit far away from its operative jurisdiction. Customers have to walk nearly one or one-and-half km to reach the post office. It is very difficult to do so during rainy season because of the bad condition of roads. It is necessary to relocate the post office either on Brindavan Nagar Main Road or in any place in Mahalakshmi Nagar.

M.Tyagarajan

Adambakkam

Unsafe road

It is heart-rending to read a news report in The Hindu that a person hit a pothole and sustained a grievous injury while riding a motorcycle near the Medavakkam junction on Velachery main road. Gopinath was declared “brain dead” and his family donated his organs.

The pothole is the villain in this case. The Velachery main road is not safe for drivers. The Highways department could have filled the potholes with sand or brick debris. Potholes and poorly designed speed breakers have claimed many lives.

V. Santhanam

Chromepet

Need for a flyover

Come another spell of rain and the ordeal of residents of Adambakkam, Ullagaram, Puzhudivakkam, Nanganallur and the contiguous areas starts. There are three subways in these areas, constructed to facilitate free movement of traffic. The subways get submerged during heavy rain. No vehicle can pass through them. It takes a long time for the municipality to bale out water with pumps. Further, there are many low-level areas, whose roads get flooded with rainwater. Riding vehicles on such roads is unthinkable. Women are left wondering how their family members are going to return home safely. This is more so with people working in IT sector who return at odd hours. It would be of great help to the people living in these areas if a flyover is constructed connecting GST/Anna Roads.

J. Manohar Singh

Adambakkam

Public nuisance

People drinking alcohol in public places has become a nuisance. There are many who drink and drive on Sundays and holidays. Police are well aware of it.

I request the judiciary to take steps to stop people from drinking in public places just as smoking in public places is unlawful. Also, police should be asked to take stern action against violators. Ramakrishnan,

Mylapore

Blocked drainage

I am a resident of Velachery Dhandeeswar Nagar, which comes under Chennai Corporation Ward No. 153 – Area 10. During heavy rain water stagnates and gets mixed with sewage. Water level is knee-deep on a stretch from Raja Kalyana Mandapam to Dhandeeswar Nagar bus stop. Every year, the monsoon creates untold miseries to the people of Velachery. The Corporation and Metrowater have not taken adequate steps to prevent water-borne diseases and mosquito eradication in this area. Stagnant water is also affecting traffic. Children and elderly people find it difficult to walk on the road. The manhole in front of Raja Kalyana Mandapam collapses frequently, not only in the rainy season but also on other days. Overflowing sewage enters the nearby area. The Velachery Corporation office is situated nearby.

I request people in the area not to dump waste, especially plastic items, which clog the drainage.

. K. Rajamani,

Velachery

Leaky bridge

A portion of the overhead bridge in front of the Thirumylai railway station always leaks during rain, making the road slushy and causing inconvenience to pedestrians. It may weaken the bridge in the long run.

Will the railway authorities look into the matter?

R. Mahadevan

Mylapore

Chain-snatching incidents

Chain-snatching incidents are on the rise in Tamil Nadu. More often, the victims are badly assaulted and sometimes fatally. The culprits are able to sell the gold ornaments easily to jewellers, who make a good profit. In order to control this crime, it should be made mandatory that all jewellers maintain a record of sellers, such as a photo copy of their ration card. If they fail to do so, the concerned jewellers should be fined heavily and imprisoned for a minimum period of five years.

Arcot Easwaran,

Annanagar West

Corporation response

With reference to a letter in The Hindu dated 16-11-09, a resident had pointed out that rainwater was stagnating on First Street, Sarojini Nagar, Kolathur, and action was requested in this regard.

It is informed that immediate action has been taken by the Corporation of Chennai in bailing out rainwater from Vijaya Nagar and Sarojini Nagar with two diesel pump motors. Fogging and spraying activities are being carried out immediately.

In a letter carried in The Hindu dated 16-11-09, it was pointed out by a resident of NGO Colony 3rd Cross Street in Vadapalani that trees covering streetlights needed pruning.

In this connection, the Chennai Corporation had taken necessary action, tree branches surrounding streetlights had been trimmed and cables surrounding them were removed.

Public Relations Officer

Chennai Corporation

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