Staff Reporter

Roads, water supply main concerns

TAMBARAM: Candidates contesting for the post of ward members and panchayat presidents got a taste of residents' expectations at the weekend.

An interaction between candidates and residents was held at Neelankarai panchayat on Sunday morning and in Chitlapakkam Town Panchayat in the evening. Candidates contesting for the post of president of Neelankarai village panchayat were unable to reply convincingly to some of the queries put forth by residents and simply replied in their usual manner that all their problems would be attended to. The meeting was organised by Kabaleeshwarar Nagar residents welfare association.

The Chitlapakkam Anna Nagar Residents Welfare Association organised a meeting in the evening where candidates for the post of councillor from Ward Nos. 6 and 10 belonging to all parties took part. Residents cutting across all ages fired a barrage of questions on what they planned to do to improve the quality of amenities in the locality.

Some of the candidates who are seeking re-election were pushed into a corner when residents pointed out that persisting problems like disposal of garbage, stagnation of sewage and burning of plastic waste continued today like they were five years ago. A woman resident said candidates should take part in similar meetings even after they were elected.

In fact, residents had restrained themselves and did not pose their questions in full fury as asked by organisers at the start of the function. Pathetic condition of some of the roads, water scarcity at one place and wastage of drinking water at another, poor maintenance of street lights, inadequate response of the local body in tackling mosquito menace were some of the problems which the residents wanted to know how the would-be councillors would solve.