Guild Street in T.Nagar is in dire straits because of the garbage dumped by the Corporation themselves as well as by the shops in and around Ranganathan Street and Natesan Street.
The garbage not only contains waste clothes and plastic or fibre materials but also carcasses of dogs and rats that remain in a decomposed state, posing a serious threat to the health of children and students frequenting the road.
The stench forces officials of educational institutions there to stay within their premises and even close down the premises on some days.
Moreover, there is a TASMAC wine shop whose customers create nuisance. Pollution is present in all forms as far as this street is concerned.
Several complaints to the ward councillor, sanitary inspector and the Mayor himself have not yielded results.
We expect some action.
Velachery is a well-developed area but the MTC services are very poor when compared to other areas. From East Tambaram, Thiruvanmiyur, Madipakkam, Medavakkam and Keelkattalai, there are plenty of buses plying via Vijayanagar (Velachery) (barring via 100 Feet by-pass road, Velachery), via Taramani Link Road / Velachery Main Rd.
It is suggested that the following buses can be diverted and be run via 100 Feet by-pass road while going to the above places: V51 / PP-51 / M7S / M119A / A51 / 570 / 51D / 51L. The bus route No.21L (Velachery-Broadway) is going via Velachery Main Road (OMR) – therefore the bus route No.PP-51 can be run via 100 Feet bye-pass road (both ways – to & fro).
At the same time, the Tamil Nadu Government may also consider introduction of some MTC bus routes directly from Velachery-K.K. Nagar (via Saidapet / Doraisamy Road / Arya Gowda Road, West Mambalam / Pillar / Udhayam), Vadapalani (via T.Nagar / Liberty / Arcot Road), Kundrathur (via Guindy / Porur), Mangadu (via Guindy / Porur / Iyyapanthangal), Nanganallur-Thiruverkadu (via Madipakkam / Velachery Saidapet / T.Nagar / Valasaravakkam), Mylapore (via Anna University / Gandhimandapam / Kotturpuram / RA Puram / Mandaiveli) and Besant Nagar. If possible, one more bus route from Velachery-Thiruvallur can also be considered by the MTC.
The MTC may scrutinise these routes and do the needful for the public.
MTC drivers' attitude
The attitude of MTC bus drivers is very arrogant. Even in places like Pondy Bazzar and Mount Road, the drivers skip/stop at their will. I travelled between these points recently and had a bitter experience. At the bus stop opposite The Hindu , the new Secretariat, in spite of the notice board clearly telling all buses in route 11, with prefix and suffix stop, a couple of buses never stopped in the afternoon. Further, this stop is immediately after a traffic signal and every time four or five buses do not use the traffic island. MTC should appoint inspectors and ensure the drivers stop at the designated points.
Bus day menace
The picture of a police official carrying a visibly terrified child to safety in T he Hindu dated February 17 speaks volumes of the irresponsible and unruly behaviour of the students towards society at large to which they owe a lot in return for their safe upbringing. Successive governments lacked the grit to curb the menace unleashed by the student community in the name and garb of freedom.
The inept handling of the menace gives the students more encouragement. The government must make the college authorities responsible for any loss resulting on account of such acts of mindless vandalism
The Koyambedu flyover is a boon for motorists since they can pass the intersection without any signal but has become a bane for pedestrians wanting to cross Poonamallee High Road at Rohini theatre or Jawaharlal Nehru Road at Vijayakanth Kalyana Mandapam. Both these points were sandwiched with bus-stops on both sides of the road and no zebra crossings are marked.
Pedestrian signals are also not installed. Pedestrians find it difficult to cross these roads as there is continuous traffic round the clock. Will the authorities take remedial measures?
Cockroaches in trains
Almost all the A/c coaches in south-bound trains are full of cockroaches and bed bugs and sometimes rats can also be seen. There is no proper maintenance and cleaning in stations at Trivandrum, Mangalore and Coimbatore. Last fortnight, I travelled by Mangalore Mail to Chennai and the toilets were stinking and full of cockroaches . Why is no action taken to remedy this?
Where are the pavements?
Chennai is the only city where I find encroachments on pavements. The shop keepers, whether a large departmental store or a small tea shop, normally conduct their business more on the road / pavement than inside the shop. The merchandise display extends beyond the pavement.
The shops actually erect extended shades to serve their customers on the footpath meant for the public to walk.
So where does the common man walk? Who took away the pavements?
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