The Federation of Civic and Welfare Associations of Pallavaram has requested the Municipality to complete the Radha Nagar Subway project at the earliest without compromising on the design and to scrap the Archaeological Survey of India’s order which has forbidden construction of buildings in five wards in Pallavaram.
It put forward the demand at its meeting held on July 27, which was presided over by Federation president V. Santhanam.
More than 60 Residents Welfare Associations in Pallavaram and Chrompet, including Chromepet Traders Association took, part in the meeting.
V. Murugaiyan, secretary of the federation, welcomed the gathering. At the meeting, it was said that in an earlier meeting, the Pallavaram municipality adopted a resolution to change the design of the long-pending subway project.
More than 1,000 people live on the eastern side of Chromepet. If they have to come to the Grand Southern Trunk Road, they have to pass through the Radha Nagar Railway Gate.
The Railway and the Tamil Nadu Highways Department collaborated to construct the subway. The railway has finished its portion of the work. For the past couple of years, the State Highways Department has not taken up the work, the members at the meeting said, adding that the Highways Department officials say the land owners have moved the court. Because of work is incomplete, people are forced to cross the railway tracks, putting their lives in jeopardy. Pointing out that nearly 30 to 40 people are hit by moving trains every year, the members said that the early completion of subway would benefit the public and save human lives.
The Federation thanked the Pallavaram Municipality and Pallavaram MLA P. Dhansingh for having constructed the foot-over-bridge with escalators connecting the Chromepet Railway Station to the railway foot-over-bridge and for various other benefits he has brought residents.
The Federation adopted a special resolution thanking the Member of Parliament (Sriperumbudur) K.N. Ramachandran who raised the issue of the ASI order in Parliament.
Earlier, a two-minute silence was observed in memory of the victims of the building collapse at Moulivakkam near Porur and of the collapse of a 20-foot-high compound wall in Tiruvallur, in June and July this year.