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Readers' clicks – July 14

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Abhishek: The entire stretch of the sidewalk at a lane on Brethapet road, Vepery has two TNEB cable junction boxes within a distance of just 25-30 meters between the two. To add to our woes, the beginning of the lane has garbage spread all around with authorities never bothering to clear this garbage for weeks together.
Ankita: This is from 2nd Cross Street, Besant Nagar. The road leads to St. John’s School. There is no pedestrian’s path, whatever space is there on the road is inundated with police property, cuttings of shrubs/trees and unauthorised parking of institutional buses and vans. Two cars (case property) have been dumped on the road abutting CPWD Complex compound wall for the past several years. Repeated requests by the residents of the area to remove the cars have fallen on deaf ears. It has become a security threat as well as perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes.
Aravindan: These pictures show you how the pavements of Thanikachalam road have been stuffed with unwanted materials. We pedestrians face a tough challenge everyday. So we would kindly request the coorporation to clear up the mess and promote our right to walk.
C. Anand: Pavement in 1st Sea Ward, Valmiki Nagar, Thiruvanmiyur encorached by a builder. I have complained on several occasions to the Corporation employees. No proper action was taken.
Dijith: This is at Nelson Manickam Road, Amnjikarai. A flyover construction is ongoing for over a year now and the middle of the road is utilized by the construction company. The footpath is the only safe area for pedestrians but it is in shambles and at every few feet, there are huge gaps and open manholes.
Jacquelin Britto: At P.T. Rajan salai, K.K Nagar, the pavement is used for all other purposes than walking. There is a construction activity (Landmark Builders) going on and they dump the sand, bricks, debris etc on the pavement.
Rajesh Jethwani: On General Patters road, sewage is a perennial issue. Despite the number of complaints to the Corporation, no action has been taken. It's very unhygienic and there's a pungent smell in the air.
S.B. Vathsalan sent us this picture of a pavement at Race View Colony First Street, Guindy which is full of obstructions such as a kitchen of a small eatery, EB junction boxes and even a dividing wall.
Subhasree Natesan: These are on Lloyd's Road. A house is being constructed for the past 6 months or so. They have been dumping sand and gravel and other building materials on the pavement, which also spills out onto the road. This road gets very congested on school days due to traffic from 3 schools in the vicinity. It gets impossible to walk safely with a child here. To avoid the sand, we are forced to walk into the road, in the midst of heave traffic.
C. Umapathy: This road is in Avadi Municipality 4 th ward 4th Street Kalaignar Nagar, Kovilpadhagai. After completing the drainage and metro water line, all the roads in this ward have been completed except this road.
M.S. Vaidyanathan: This is the condition of the road at the intersection of First Cross Street and First Main Road in New Colony, Chromepet. During the monsoon, the condition becomes worse with the place stinking.
V. Vignesh: At Ega theatre, Kilpauk, pedestrians are unable to walk due to the hoarding. The hoarding has been cemented on the pavement which is already broken.

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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