The re-laying of Jawaharlal Nehru Road, after being widened with the divider placed in the middle from the SBI branch to the bus stand in Tiruvallur, is getting abnormally delayed. Bank customers, two-wheeler riders, cyclists and members of public are worst affected,

The authorities concerned are requested to complete the work on war-footing at the earliest.

N.B.S. Manian,

Manavalanagar

Poor response

The Corporation often announces that any complaint in the event of emergency may be forwarded through 1913 for redressal.

Owing to heavy rain on October 21, NGO Colony Third Cross Street people couldn’t step out into water-logged stretch. When I contacted 1913, I was told to contact two more numbers if urgent action was required.

The Commissioner is requested to monitor the emergency cell or else the purpose is defeated.

Brindha Sundaram,

Vadapalani

Stagnant water

I am a resident of Kolathur Sarojini Nagar First Street, which comes under the Chennai Corporation Ward No. 62. Following the heavy rain spell, water got inundated in our area. Elderly people and school-going children face difficulty coming out of their houses owing to the stagnant water. Motorists find it difficult to navigated the rain-battered stretches in and around Sarojini Nagar. Electricity is also affected. Owing to the absence of stormwater drain, the stagnant water gets mixed with sewage. We are worried about outbreak of diseases. Rain water did not drain for a few days. Several representations have been given to Chennai Corporation authorities, but no steps have been taken till date.

V.S. Suresh

Kolathur

Rail link to Periapalayam

Periapalayam is a famous pilgrim centre between Chennai and Nagalapuram. Many government and private buses from and to Tirupati go through the place. A rail link to this hallowed hub is long overdue. The nearest rail head is the PTMS (Pattabiram Military Siding), an important suburban terminal, from where railway track has been available, since pre-Independence period, for Avadi via Hindu College and for Tiruvallur via Tirunindravur.

A proposal for linking Periapalayam to the PTMS submitted (by me as Chairman, The Rail Users’ Council, Tirunindravur) to the Railway Ministry in November 1985 and pursued (by me as Member, SRUCC, S. Rlym Chennai in 1990-1995) at the railway level and MLAs / MPs’ level in Chennai and New Delhi till now is yet to be okayed.

Will the Railway Ministry sanction the short-distance BG railroad, a potential traffic booster, soon?

S.V.S. Iyer,

Tirunindravur

Increase bus frequency

The frequency of city bus (M-15), plying between Medavakkam and Mylapore, is inadequate.

,At times, I wait at the Vijayanagar (Velachery) bus terminus for more than an hour to go to Mylapore, especially in the evening hours. Similarly, to return from there, the passengers have to wait indefinitely at Mylapore, sometimes for more than one and half hours. As a result, sighting the arrival of this bus, passengers including women and children practically rush towards it and try to board before halting, pushing one another. In the mele some of them fall down.

I request the authorities concerned to increase the frequency to help the passengers.

K.K. Krishnamurthy,

Velachery

Renovate Saidapet Arch Bus Stand

Thousands of MTC commuters regularly use the Saidapet arch bus stand. Hundreds of MTC buses enter and exit. But for a long time, owing to poor maintenance, the flooring space inside bus stand has been in bad shape filled with slush and pat-holes. During sunny days the area turns smoky. Owing to the recent rain, most part of this bus stand is closed with metal barricades. Now vehicles enter and exit through the narrow space with a lot of difficulties. Several times the matter has been brought to the attention of the MTC authorities but no action was till date.

S. Ramachandran

Saidapet

Streetlights not burning

Though we have made repeated complaints to officials, the streetlights installed at Vinoba Nagar, Ninth Street, Zone I and Ward 3 have not been burning for the past two months. Will the authorities concerned set them right?

M. Sekar,

Tondiarpet

Request to CMWSSB

With reference to the advertisement issued by the CMWSSB in connection with the commissioning of the 60-MLD-capacity sewage treatment plant in Perungudi, I request the organisation to extend the underground sewage facility to Kandasamy Nagar of Palavakkam also, at the earliest.

This would be useful to the general public residing in that locality and help them to minimise their expenditure for frequent septic tank cleaning.

B. Chandrasekar

Palavakkam

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