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Residents demand speed breakers on Lakshmi Talkies Road

A view of Lakshmi Talkies Road in Shenoy Nagar. Photo: R. Ravindran   | Photo Credit: R_RAVINDRAN

The Lakshmi Talkies Road in Shenoy Nagar has now turned into a dangerous stretch.

On an average, the 40-ft- road witnesses at least two accidents every week. According to the police, rash driving is the major reason for the accidents.

For more than a year, both police and residents have been making repeated pleas to the civic officials of Zone – 8 (Anna Nagar) of Chennai Corporation to lay speed breakers at accident-prone spots, including intersections.

The Corporation officials have neither visited these dangerous spots nor taken steps to lay speed breakers with white Zebra markings.

“Residents are fed up with the Corporation’s attitude towards the issue. Every time we meet the officials, they only have false promises for us, saying the issue will be settled by tomorrow. But, as they say, tomorrow never comes,” said K. Saraswathi, a resident of Shenoy Nagar.

It is interesting to note that the Lakshmi Talkies Road is less than a kilometre from the Zonal office (8) of Chennai Corporation. Further, the assistant engineer of the civic body, who is in charge of the ward, and many higher officials make frequent visits to the neighbourhood as part of inspections of public facilities and utilities.

Residents made complaints to the civic officials, who undertake inspections in the neighbourhood. They also complained at the zonal office in Shenoy Nagar. Nevertheless, civic officials have done nothing about these issue.

“It takes less than a day to lay a few speed breakers. It beats us why they cannot do this simple thing?” says M. Sugumar, a resident of Aminjikarai.

The significance of the Lakshmi Talkies Road lies in the fact that it is the crucial link road connecting the Kilpauk Garden Road and the Poonamallee High (PH) Road between the Aminjikarai market and Pachchaiyappa’s College.

With motorists driving at high speeds here, accidents are common.

“We will take steps to lay speed breakers soon,” said a Corporation official.

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