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RWA in Anna Nagar keen on adopting Millennium Park

Morning walkers at Millennium Park in Anna Nagar. Photo : PICHUMANI K  

Millennium Park at Park Road in Anna Nagar brings out a rare emotion from the residents of the neighbourhood.

Long-time members of Anna Nagar Western Extension Association explain how residents fought back when undesirable elements had encroached upon the land that had been earmarked for the creation of this park.

It is therefore no surprise that the residents welfare association has approached Greater Chennai Corporation to be allowed to maintain Millennium Park, under the civic body’s Park Adoption Scheme for Urban Landscape Maintenance and Improvement (PASUMAI).

“We submitted our application in mid-February and are waiting to hear from GCC officials,” says P. Vadivel, secretary of Anna Nagar Western Extension Association.

(As the model code of conduct is in effect, its processing of application would have to wait)

Millennium park was developed under Namakku Namey Thittam by Anna Nagar Western Extension Association in the year 2000.

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Executive committee members feel that maintaining the sprawling park should not be difficult for an Association whose influence extends from plot number 1 to 922, covering Sectors A to D. The RWA is confident of meeting the monthly expenses that would go into maintaining the park.

“We expect a monthly expense of ₹20,000, which includes payments to be made to the security personnel and the gardener,” says Vadivel. The Association has its own space at Park Road and offers its for music, dance programmes and other activities. Besides, a tennis court is also used by the public. “We are planning to meet the operational expenses from the subscription collected from life members and from well-wishers from the association,” says Vadivel.

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