Staff Reporter

Mayor listens to grievances of Triplican, Chepauk residents

CHENNAI: Chennai Mayor M. Subramanian said on Friday that Rs.25 crore had been allotted for beautification of the Marina Beach.

Participating in a grievance meeting at Triplicane, he said work on improving the beach would be taken up shortly.

Noting that the Corporation had allocated Rs.1.34 crore to blacktop inner roads in Triplicane and Chepauk, he said arterial roads such as Wallajah Road and Blackers Road would also be improved at a cost of Rs.84 lakh.

The playground near the May Day Park would be refurbished at a cost of Rs.15 lakh, he added.

Other development works to be taken up in Zone 6 were construction of nine noon-meal centres, laying of stormwater drains in many areas including Dr. Natesan Street and Arunachalam Street, and strengthening of pavements in 1.4 km stretch, he said.

Mr. Subramanian received grievance petitions from residents of Triplicane and Chepauk.

One of the major grievances raised by them was the parking of vehicles at the street corners in Triplicane.

Srinivas Young Men's Association president T.J. Ramani said the roads around the Triplicane temple tank were being used as a parking lot. This posed serious problems on the East Tank Square Street and North Tank Square Street, which were only 15 ft wide, he pointed out.

Ward 93 councillor P.M.Cheran complained about unauthorised parking of heavy vehicles on first to fifth streets of Balaji Nagar and traffic snarls in the localities during peak hours. The Mayor assured the residents that the issue would be addressed. Corporation officials said they received representations to provide basic amenities such as streetlights and repair of storm water drains. Steps would be taken to address the civic problems in a week, an official added.