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Readers' clicks – July 11

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Dhandapani Alagiri: This photo was taken in Alamelumangapuram, near P.S. Senior Sec. School.
Kamalarathnam: Ponniamman Koil Street at Kottur is an important street connecting Gandhimandapam Salai with Canal Bank Road and Gandhinagar to Malar Hospital road. There is no pavement on the road for people to walk. The corporation has not re-laid this road for a long time now. People who walk this stretch find it extremely difficult. Shops encroaching this area, small hotels as well as unorganized parking add to the woes of the pedestrians.
Mathuram Nallathambi: A neighbour who claims himself to be a resident of Mugaliwakkam, has tied his horses on the side of the road. We have asked him to shift the horse inside his compound or figure out a different place for it and another neighbour had even lodged a police complaint. In spite of all this he refuses to do so. I feel sorry for the horse sometimes.
Karthik P.S.: At Arcot Road near Vadapalani Bus stand, the already damaged and discontinuous pavement has been encroached upon by a puncture shop and a ‘tree temple’. It is impossible for us pedestrians to walk on the pavement given that the road is quite busy.
Ram Muthukrishnan: I walk from Thiruvanmiyur depot to Ascendas daily. The pavements from Thiruvanmiyur Signal to Tidel Signal road are blocked by a construction company and they have dug up the grounds and barricaded it. Furthermore, the pavements along the sides are taken by sugarcane juice shops, tender coconut shops, platform dwellers and unused vehicles.
Dr. Naga Swetha Pasupuleti sent us a picture of this dilapidated pavement at Thiruvottiyur.
Anand Sivasubramaniam: This is at Kamdar Nagar. This footpath was impeccably laid a few years ago, only to be broken up again within a short while, to run an electric cable - ever since it was broken, it has not been repaired - since it offers a convenient ramp, it is no longer a footpath, but rather, a car park.
S.Manoranjitham: At Manickeswari Road, Kilpauk. A posh-house-turned Yoga centre has extended its compound and their creativity to the footpath on the road.
Padmanabhan Gopalan: Rangarajapuram Main Road, (opp.NTR street), Kodamabakkam. The existing pavement is of no use to pedestrians thanks to the construction material.
J.Manikandan: The area outside Guindy Railway Station subway has not been cleaned in two weeks. With thousands of people using the path every day, it makes life very difficult for pedestrians.
John Suresh: This is close to my residence in Arumbakkam: Velan Nagar 1st Main Road, which leads to CMBT from PH Road. Pavements have been encroached upon by residents in the main road and the road itself has been engulfed by dumping materials on the road for new constructions.
Naresh: This is near Spencers traffic signal in front of Aavin milk booth. Broken concrete slabs and open sewage line pose a challenge to us pedestrians.

The Hindu's Right to Walk campaign is an attempt to reclaim our city’s footpaths for pedestrians. Through a targeted print and online campaign it hopes to empower residents and goad local officials to act. Here, we showcase photos and stories shared by our readers. For more stories go to My Chennai My Right

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