Excellent maintenance

Maha Laxmi Nagar, West Velachery and its surroundings have not experienced any power cuts though there was heavy rain with thunder and lightning for the past week.

This is due to excellent maintenance under the supervision of the Assistant Engineer, Vanuvampet who deserves commendation.

S. Ambikapathy
Adambakkam

Postal facilities at Nanganallur

Nanganallur has developed greatly over the past 2 to 3 years with a large number of residential flats, offices, and banks coming up in the area. However, the Post Office in Nanganallur is functioning from a small building and it takes several hours for issue of Money Orders, Registered post, payment of telephone bills, savings bank transactions because of the shortage of counters and lack of space.

Post Offices in Madipakkam, Adambakkam, Keezhkattalai are in the same condition and the postal department should depute senior officers to inspect the situation and take remedial action. The Postal Department should not neglect these areas, which are important especially for senior citizens. Shifting the existing post office to a more spacious building is the solution. Will the department arrange for this at the earliest?

T.T. Varada Rajan,
Thillaiganganagar

No progress

The article, "When will the Subway be completed?" published in The Hindu Downtown of Oct. 29, 2006 makes for interesting reading. The work on the subway on Jones Road at the Railway level crossing was started on October 2, 2005 to the great happiness of the residents. But the work was abruptly stopped after a few days, for the reasons best known to the Corporation of Chennai, the State Government and the Railways. Since then, the pits dug up are being used as a dumping ground for rubbish and debris. Sewage is also let into them and people use them as a public convenience.

Though the Assembly elections and Municipal elections are over, there is no sign of resumption of work. With no progress in sight, the public has been put to great hardship. The subways at Saidapet Bazaar and Nandanam are not very useful. The narrow Saidapet Bazaar subway is always flooded with traffic, and the Nandanam subway, connecting Kannammapet, West Mambalam is always over crowded.

The Jones Road level crossing subway, when completed, would greatly help the public.

We hope the authorities act will act on this request.

K. Ramachandran
Chennai

Power failure

There was no power supply in Purasawalkam area from 10 p.m. on October 28, 2006 till 2 p.m. the next day (16 hours). There are about 6 telephone numbers including the one at the Electricity Minister's residence (Complaint Call). But in an emergency, they are always engaged or unattended. Even the cell phones of the senior officials are not answered. If at all we get through to any number, the stock reply is, "We are attending to it". Sometimes we are told that power has been switched off because of water logging.

The EB authorities are quite aware of the water logging and they could very well provide over-head connections in these places. They could very well divert supplies from the neighbouring Thermal Stations. They could also prevent breakdowns through strict vigil and regular maintenance.

B. Srinivasan,
Chennai

Streetlights don't work

The streetlights at the junction of Seventh Cross Street and Eleventh Cross Street, near `Ram Lok Apartments' in Sastri Nagar, have not been burning for several days. There is heavy flow of traffic even late at night at this junction and women find it unsafe to walk in this neighbourhood after dark.

The authorities should restore the lights without delay.

P.V. Srinivasan,
Sastri Nagar

Perambur flyover

Due to recent rain, the areas in and around Perambur suffered very badly. Since the bridge at Vyasarpadi Jeeva Station was flooded two-wheelers are forced to take a roundabout route through Perambur Bridge. The problem would not have cropped up if the Perambur fly-over had been completed onr schedule. It is high time the construction is started and completed at the earliest paving way for smooth flow of traffic.

Will the Chief Minister personally look into this matter and order the authorities to ensure time-bound completion of this project?

S. Sivakumar,
Anna Salai

Kilpauk's woes

The residents of Kilpauk area's plight go unnoticed irrespective of innumerable complaints. Often the area goes without power for hours together and the indifferent attitude of the Kelly's substation staff makes things worse. This is supposed to be a VIP area, and a Minister's constituency; will Minister take care of his voters and his constituency?

G.M. Syed Nurullah Sheriff,
Chennai-104

Encroachment on platform

Encroachments on the pavements have been increasing by the day, forcing pedestrians to walk on the road causing accidents. The problem is acute at New No. 6, Ellai Amman Colony Main Road, Teynampet, Chennai-86, where I reside. The traffic is very heavy here, and in front of my house, there is a shop which has taken over the pavement. Despite repeated complaints to the Police and Corporation offices, nothing has been done. I request the Corporation and Police to ensure the shop is removed.

K. L. Narasimhan,
Teynampet

Garbage piled up

The entrance to Gandhi Main Road off Jawaharlal Nehru Salai in Thirumangalam (Ward No.64) is blocked by garbage spilling over of the dustbins. I request the authorities to take immediate steps to clean and sanitise the area before it leads to a serious health hazard.

M.V. Saranath,
Ullagaram

Railway subways

The residents of Mint, Purasawakkam, Ayanavaram, Perambur and Kellys have to cross the Basin Bridge (Vyasarpadi), Ganesapuram (Jeeva-Vyasarpadi) and Perambur Railway Subways to get to Vyasarpadi, Moolakhadai, Perambur, Thiru.Vi.Ka.Nagar, Periyar Nagar and Kolathur area by two wheelers, autorickshaws and cars. During rainy season, the subways are flooded. But nothing has been done, except for temporary measures during the monsoon seasons. It is necessary to take permanent measures to solve this problem. Will Railway and state administration act to solve the problem permanently?

V. Santhanam,
Chennai

Road reflectors

All the arterial roads in the city should have reflectors so that driving by night would be easy and safe, like the East Coast Road. In fact, road medians can pave the way for the reflectors. The authorities are requested to provide reflectors on the roads. Will the new Mayor take note?

K. Pradeep,
Chennai

Helpful EB personnel

I am a senior citizen nearing seventy. Around two weeks back I had to seek the help of the TNEB at J.J. Nagar, Mogappair for a `Name Transfer' on the Electricity Board's meter reading card. My experience with the AE (Shri Prakash), his staff and with the Revenue Supervisor (Shri. Muthukrishnan) were so pleasant that it is my duty to acknowledge their help. The courteous help with reference to the procedures such as documentation et al given to me by them was praiseworthy. Above all, the name-transfer sought for was also approved and recorded on the EB Card on the exact date indicated by the Revenue Supervisor. It was I who went late by a day to collect the corrected card.

K.V. Lakshminarayanan,
Chennai

Rail passengers' woes

It is time that Chintamani Complex Railway Reservation Centre is shifted. Though the centre is serving the public better than others, the area is unhygienic and the maintenance is inadequate. Moreover, there is no parking facility for cycles and two-wheelers and as a result vehicles are parked on the main road, causing hindrance to the traffic near Chintamani Junction signal. Will the authorities take immediate steps to mitigate the hardship to the public?

K.V. Sankaranarayanan,
Chennai

Suggestion for IT corridor

The execution of the IT corridor from Madhya Kailash is commendable. No doubt, the user will find it a pleasure to traverse it. But, what about the large MRTS commuters? They will find it extremely difficult to cross the six lanes once the traffic starts in full strength.

So I want to make a small suggestion to the authorities concerned. They should provide a foot overbridge or subway from the MRTS stations, both at Kasturbanagar and Indranagar to the western side of the new road. Similarly a foot overbridge from KB Nagar station across Sardar Patel Road is also essential.

Only provision of such bridges will benefit the commuters.

S. Vaidyalingam,
Adyar

Water supply

The complainant Mr. Rajan, Virugambakkam, residing at 3/6, Vembuliamman Koil New I Cross Street, Virugambakkam, Chennai-78 is receiving water in the sump now and has indicated this in a letter of acknowledgement.

Public Relations Manager

CMWSSB,
Chennai

Foul smell

The suburban train from Arakkonam to Beach goes fast up to Vyasarpadi Jiva station and thereafter slows down, and halts between Washermanpet and Jiva for a signal. At this particular place, a foul odour emanates from the open ground used as a public lavatory.

It would be helpful if the train stops some distance away.

Also, during the rush hour, especially in the morning, the train enters the Beach station after a halt at the harbour gate for about 2 to 5 minutes, just seconds before the train to Mylapore/Thiruvanmiyur leaves the station.

Young people can board the running train but senior citizens have to wait for another train.

Can't the train wait for a minute or so to accommodate passengers who want to catch the train?

I request the Railways to look into the problem.

B. Gokhale
Korattur

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