V. Venkatasubramanian

Poor response in semi-urban areas such as Tambaram, Alandur

Officials commend resident welfare associations for improved coverage 0Madurantakam Assembly segment ranks first with 83.31 per cent coverage

KANCHEEPURAM: The overall percentage of electoral photo identity card issuance in Kancheepuram district is around 67 per cent.

Lack of interest

This is mainly due to the lack of interest shown in semi-urban areas such as Tambaram and Alandur.

However, officials commend the role played by residential welfare associations in certain pockets to help improve the coverage of the two constituencies, which stood at 50 per cent and 45 per centin 2001.

As on April 11 this year, EPICs were issued to 17,52,151 voters. The total number of voters is 25,98,090 in the district. While the Madurantakam Assembly segment stood first with regard to the issuance of maximum number of EPICs with 83.31 per cent coverage, Tambaram and Alandur figured at the bottom with 58.17 per cent and 59.30 per cent.

The coverage was over 60 per cent in the other Assembly segments such as Uthiramerur (81.06 per cent), Achirapakkam (80.72), Chengalpattu (79.48), Kancheepuram (76.96), Sriperumpudur (69.35) and Tiruporur (67.71) where rural masses form a major chunk of the voters.