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Residents of Zone 13 asked to oversee conservancy work

Shock treatment: An open junction box at Besant Nagar. Photo: M. Karunakaran   | Photo Credit: M_Karunakaran

Poor garbage disposal, haphazard parking, encroachments, commercialisation of residential areas and shoddy storm water drain work. These were some of the issues represented to Mayor Sadai Duraisamy by residents of Zone 13 (Adyar) recently. They explained these problems to him in great detail.

The meeting, which lasted an hour, was initiated by Spark, a civic activists group.

Connecting the residents with the various departments over the phone, the mayor sought explanations from the officials concerned for the lack of action over residents’ complaints.

One of the first requests of Spark was the appointment of an officer on special duty for the zone to attend to the complaints of residents. Towards this, the Mayor asked the residents to coordinate with one of his staff.

Revathi Narayanan, representing three streets in Thiruvanmiyur, wanted more garbage bins for the streets that currently had only one. “Sriram Nagar has no lamp post…,” she started. At this, the Mayor asked questions such as when the post was removed to which ward she represented.

Those who brought up the issue of meat stalls in residential colonies were asked to send an email to the Mayor so that notices would be issued to such outlets.

P.K. Gunaseelan, president, FEDERA, wanted speed-breakers in and around Adyar rectified, laid as per the Indian Roads Congress standards. To this suggestion, he was connected to the Zonal Officer.

T.D. Babu requested the Mayor to have a public consultation before any major project is initiated in the zone.

“He has asked us to supervise the working of conservancy company Ramky and we are happy. I have been doing this already at Besant Nagar Fourth Avenue and now we plan to rope in more residents to take responsibility of their street,” said Kamakshi Subramaniam.

Initiating quick action towards resolution of various issues, the Mayor won the praise of residents.

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