The library at Gandhi Park, East Tambaram, has been functioning for the past 50 years. Its golden jubilee was celebrated on July 1 2007. Nearly 200 persons come in the mornings and evenings to read newspapers and magazines. The library has more than 50,000 books. However, the space is not enough to store the books and termites spoil them. The place lacks proper lighting and seating arrangement.

As per CMDA rules, a library should not function in a park. After almost seven years of continuous struggle, land was allotted for the library on Valmiki Street. But the building has not come up so far. Residents will be grateful if a new library is built on Valmiki Street with all facilities.

S. Santhanam,

East Tambaram

Curb noise pollution

It has become customary to play music loudly, and to burst crackers whenever meetings are conducted in colonies in the city.

Noise pollution affects children and pregnant women more, besides causing inconvenience to others. The bursting of crackers pollutes the air.

Will the authorities take steps to curb the two forms of pollution?

M. Kandaswami,

Anna Nagar

Encroachment menace

The vehicular traffic in South Mada Street, Thiruvanmiyur, has increased tremendously and senior citizens, schoolchildren and others are finding it difficult to walk on the road.

There are four two-wheeler repair shops and one vulcanizing shop on South Mada Street. They attend to repairs on the road. There are a number of private taxies, cars and autorickshaws waiting to occupy the road.

In 2004, all unauthorised settlements on East Mada Street, North Mada Street and Chitarakulam Street were removed near Big Tank, but travel operators occupied the place immediately. The drivers of the cabs are using the side walls of the tank as toilets. The problems can be solved if the Corporation and police conduct effective supervision.

N. Ganapathy

Thiruvanmiyur

Frequent power cuts

We, residents of Mohammed Hussain Colony Kolathur, have been experiencing frequent power cuts for months. Every day, either power goes off or low voltage and fluctuations bothers the residents. Electronic gadgets are getting damaged. Senior citizens and infants are the worst affected in summer.

Repeated representations to the authorities have not yielded any response.

H. Chandra Bose

Mohammed Hussain Colony Residental Welfare Association, Kolathur

A good beginning

This refers to the PDS Open House meeting organised by the Civil Supplies Department to redress public grievances pertaining to family cards and the Public Distribution System by the Ambattur Asst. Commissioner at Ambattur.

The public petitions were serially registered well before the meeting, acknowledgement cards were issued and change of address cases was sorted out then and there.

I had submitted a petition pertaining to five cases of non-receipt of family cards from the residents of Anna Nagar Western Extn.

The Inspector visited one of the residents for inspection the very next day though it was a Sunday.

On Monday, the Administrative Officer telephoned me and informed that one more card was ready.

If the department works at this pace the entire backlog could be cleared.

V. Rajagopal

Anna Nagar West

Soiled notes from ATMs

Of late, we get soiled and smudged currency notes from ATMs of various banks. One of the Rs. 500 notes I got from an SBI ATM at Valmiki Nagar was smudged completely by rubber stamp ink. When I tendered this note along with other notes in another branch of SBI, the staff refused to accept it, though the serial number at both ends was readable.

The authorities concerned should devise a suitable arrangement to ensure that ATMs issued only tenderable currencies.

Also, the banks should be instructed to accept soiled ones.

S. Balagangadharan,

Thiruvanmiyur

A pensioner’s long wait

I had applied for the Tamil Scholar Pension to the Director of Tamil Development Department ‘Kuralagam’ on 19. 3. 85. I also sent an income certificate on 29. 4. 85 as per their letter.

On 14. 6. 08, I had sent a reminder to the above department. Time is passing and I am 75 years old.

T. M. Kamarus Jaman,

Mogappair West

Extend bus service

People in and around Tambaram East find it difficult to reach Adyar, Taramani, Tiruvanmiyur and Mylapore, since they have to catch at least two or three buses.

I request the MTC to extend M-15 service, now running from Mylapore to Medavakkam, up to East Tambaram and run the service at 15-minute frequency.

R. Sukumaran,

Madambakam

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