Staff Reporter

It will help residents make politicians accountable

Manifestos do not address civic or environmental issuesThe residents' welfare associations had tough time with service providers

CHENNAI: Greater Chennai Confederation, a gathering of residents welfare associations in Chennai, has appealed to all welfare associations to join hands ahead of the Assembly election for chalking out a "people's manifesto" that would help residents make politicians accountable.

In a press release issued recently, the Federation's convener, M.B. Nirmal, welcomed residents' welfare association members to attend a meeting to be held at Planet Yum restaurant in Koyambedu on Tuesday evening to discuss an agenda for the city.The confederation has pointed out that the election manifestoes brought out by political parties do not address civic issues or environmental issues that have an impact on people's lives. As examples, the Federation cited problems faced by residential colonies living close to Chennai Corporation's garbage dumping grounds, the threat of dislocation due to the airport expansion programme, the contrast of civic amenities faced by residents of North Chennai and the problems of residents living near the waterways.

When it came to fighting for their rights, the residents' welfare association representatives had a tough time with service providers. The Confederation has said it was important for all residents to join hands at the time of elections to create an impact. It would remain apolitical and yet take up demands with politicians. For further details contact 2815 3376 or 2475 9477.