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Meet Kotturpuram’s poor cousin

Residents want the RMC plant on the banks of Adyar river to be removed. Road widening is among their other demands. Photos: M. Karunakaran   | Photo Credit: M_Karunakaran

Kotturpuram and Kottur share a common history, being part of one land mass. The two are however a study in contrast.

If Kotturpuram has broad and clean roads, the roads in Kottur are encroached upon and have not been re-laid in years. If Kotturpuram has gardens, Kottur has sewage overflows and many other civic problems. Residents of Kottur want to know why their neighbourhood has been neglected for years.

Lack of access to important places in the city is the foremost complaint of residents of this locality.

“Except for 21G, which connects Parrys to Tambaram, there are no buses going through Kottur. We have no access to Koyambedu, T. Nagar or even Thiruvanmiyur. We have made repeated requests to MTC to provide services at least on route Kottur, but in vain. We have to travel up to Gandhi Mandapam to board buses. The one small bus which travels past Kottur touches only one street. Many are dependent on it,” says Devasena, secretary of Kotturpuram Civic Exnora.

Sewage overflow is another problem faced by them.

“The problem is found especially outside the Corporation office, where sewage overflows every day. There is a Chennai School right next door and an Amma canteen next door to the office. When officials are blind to the problems right outside their office, what can we say about other issues,” says Ranganayakulu, the vice-president of the association.

The team has also been fighting hard to get an RMC plant shifted from the banks of Adyar river.

“The plant was set up two years ago for carrying out stormwater drain work. Ever since we have been meeting the Corporation officials and the Mayor to get it removed. It is on green cover land. On enquiring we found out that it neither has the approval of the pollution control board nor of the coastal regulatory authority. We want the entire plant dismantled and we will continue to fight till this is achieved,” he adds.

The residents also want projects such as a flyover from Rajiv Gandhi Salai to West Canal bank Road, which was proposed three years ago, construction of a road along the Adyar river up to Malar Hospital and widening of Ellaiamman Koil Street to be taken up at the earliest. “Though funds were allotted for them, these projects never took off. Both will help ease traffic in the neighbourhood,” says Devasena.


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