At their recent general body meeting, members of United Forum of Nanganallur Welfare Associations (UFNWA) had a lot of issues to deliberate upon.
Several long-pending problems including laying of link road connecting Pazhavanthangal subway and Nanganallur Fifth Main Road, two-way traffic on Fourth Main Road, and non-issuance of patta for houses were highlighted at the meeting. S. Rajagopalan was elected the president of UFNWA. Other members of the UFNWA, for 2018-2021, elected at the general body meet are: B. Sridhar, M.V. Mukundan and G. Ravindran (vice-presidents); S. Narayanan (secretary); P.V. Inbasekaran, S. Sivakumar, G.D.S. Mani and G. Gururaj Rao (joint secretaries); S. Kothandaraman (treasurer) and Chandran Nair (joint treasurer). Twenty-five 25 representatives of residential welfare associations in Nanganallur participated. Sridhar said, “With regard to the link road, several representations have been made to the officials of Greater Chennai Corporation and Kancheepuram district Collectorate over the years. However, the project is yet to take off.”
The Corporation has taken up the issue with the Kancheepuram district Collectorate for land acquisition, which is pending with the Special Tahsildar (Land Acquisition), Kancheepuram. In the absence of a link road, vehicle-users from Grand Southern Trunk (GST) Road, have to take the subway, proceed through Vembuli Amman Koil Street, and Elangovadigal Street, Pazhavanthangal, Avvaiyar Street, Fourth Main Road, and 48th Street, Nanganallur, to reach Fifth Main Road, Nanganallur. That route involves taking a detour of at least two kilometres. “If a link road is created, they can go straight from the subway,” he added.
Similarly, vehicle-users proceeding towards GST Road have to come through the intersection of Fourth Main Road and 48th Street and Fifth Main Road, Nanganallur, Balusami Street, College Road, Krishnasamy Street, to reach the subway.
Two-way traffic sought
Due to the one-way traffic arrangement on Fourth Main Road, the stretch is heavily congested and the commercial establishments dotting the arterial thoroughfare don’t offer parking space for its visitors.
“Encroachments have eaten into road space and vehicles are indiscriminately parked on the stretch, forcing pedestrians to walk in the middle of the road,” V. Venkatasubramanian, a long-time resident of Nanganallur, said.
Members demand that designated parking lots have to be created and encroachments cleared from the road. Years ago, residents of Nanganallur submitted petitions for obtaining ‘patta’ (land documents) under the Assured Maximum Service to Marginalised People in All villages (AMMA Scheme) at a camp. They are however yet to get the documents. Though Nanganallur falls under the limits of Greater Chennai Corporation (Zone 12), it does not come under the jurisdiction of Chennai District Collectorate. “For obtaining the documents, residents have to approach the Kancheepuram District Collectorate as this locality is still under the jurisdiction of the Kancheepuram collectorate. Officials must consider our trouble and we must be given the documents as early as possible,” members said. Also, the newly-elected members of the UFNWA recently met K.N. Ramachandran, Member of Parliament, Sriperumbudur constituency, and submitted a petition in these regard.