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Officials walk down R.A. Puram roads

Free our roads: Encroachments and haphazard parking of vehicles were the key issues that were brought to the notice of the officials. File Photo: M. Karunakaran   | Photo Credit: M. Karunakaran

Civic officials has gone around Raja Annamalai Puram in the company of residents to acquaint themselves with the civic problems in the locality.

Officials from the Chennai Corporation and Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board, along with the residents of Raja Annamalai Puram, and members of Raja Annamalai Puram Residents’ Association (RAPRA) went on an inspection walk recently.

Among places that were inspected include First Main Road, where the road space is occupied by a waste paper mart and mechanics, Second Main Road, where a make-shift restaurant opposite Billroth Hospitals is occupying the pavement and road, Canal Bank Road, where vehicles have been abandoned along the Mass Rapid Transit Systems (MRTS) line, and road space has been occupied by vehicle mechanics, and Third Cross Road, where parking is a major issue.

K.T. Anantharama Sarma, secretary, RAPRA Trust, said: “We informed the civic officials about issues that need immediate attention such as construction of rainwater harvesting percolation pits, fixing new LED lights, removing encroachments and haphazard parking of vehicles on Third Cross Road connecting Alwarpet, Adyar and Canal Bank Road.”

The residents-members also urged the officials to remove the centralised garbage collection centre on Canal Bank Road, which is used as a relieving spot. They also sought the removal of an encroachment on the premises of a public convenience facility on Third Cross Road.

“The officials took note of the problems plaguing the residential locality and gave instructions to the deputy officials then and there to act immediately. The inspection walk with civic officials has created a sense of hopeamong the residents-members that steps will be taken by the authorities concerned to solve the problems in the neighbourhood,” Sarma said. We have promised the officials offer full support in their efforts to improve the neighbourhood. We hope this will be carried out within a time frame, he added.


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