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Readers' clicks – July 19-21

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Gokul Jaganmohan: At Thiruvenkatam Street in R.A. Puram, a popular vegetable retail outlet, occupies the pavement with its tables. Other vendors and parked vehicles have also taken over the pavement.
Action required:
We would really like to see the retail shop use the space which is within their limit and not extend on to the pavement. The road side vendors need to be instructed to store their things elsewhere when they are done for the day and proper parking has to be enforced so as to avoid pavement parking.
Arvind Ram: An IT park located on Bazullah Road in T. Nagar uses the pavement and the bus shelter for parking.
Chandrasekar P.B.: At T.H. Road, Old Washermenpet, opposite Theagaraya Park, a vendor has occupied the pavement and has put up a fruit shop. It prevents pedestrians from walking. Encroachments must be removed so that pedestrians can walk freely.
Vinod Lakshman: In Lower Canal Road, Prithvipakkam, Ambattur, work for new drainage and road was commenced about a month back but it has been left unattended after the existing road was dug up. We appreciate if this can be looked up by the officials in charge.
M. Ganesan: At Mookar Nallamuthu Street behind the GPO, a wayside food stall has been put up covering both the pavement and a portion of the road. The customers park their vehicles on the road.
Dr. Parasmal Vaid: At the entrance of the Jain Temple at Tana Street, Purasawalkam, the pavements are fully occupied by street vendors. Sewerage water flows on the road. The devotees coming to the temple have to walk over the dirty drain water.
Arvind Sridharan: Anna Salai, Teynampet (on the side towards Guindy just before the DMS bus stop), a corner where a street meets Anna Salai
Deepak R: The entire stretch of footpath from the entrance of Patrician College till St. Louis church on the Canal Bank Road, Gandhi Nagar, Adyar is not in usable condition. We can find construction material, water tanks, vehicles and garbage on it. This locality has many well known educational institutions. Hundreds of students use this road everyday.
K. Nagaraj sends this picture from Ashok Nagar, 10th avenue (Govindan road junction). The big blue enclosure not only impedes foot traffic, but also vehicles.
Sarayu Sankar: Location: Alwarthirunagar ( adjacent to Mega Mart). Pedestrians find it very difficult to walk along this road as it does not have proper pavement along the stretch. On top of that, the pavements are half-intact with potholes stuffed with garbage. We often find that vehicles use this space for parking.
Susheel Rao: Location: MuthuRangan Salai, T. Nagar (Road After West Mambalam Police Station ) This road is a key link road between Boag Road and Madley Road. It is used by school children, elderly people and office goers. The road has no pavements on both sides; instead commercial trucks occupy the entire space.

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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