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Readers' clicks - July 5

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Sai Sethuraman: This is opposite Vidya Sagar School in Kotturpuram. The school is dedicated to special needs children. Ironically, the footpath was specifically built by Chennai for physically handicapped. Now, even fully capable people will find it difficult to use it. It is sad to see that, even when the City administration invests public money in constructing the right facilities, we are unable to take care of it.
Lakshmi Anand: The footpath on Mahalingapuram Main Road (Nungambakkam), taken on July 5. You will see that the Mahalingapuram Main Road pavement is a literal hurdle race, one that even an Olympic athlete would struggle to get through.
R. Sivakumar: There is no proper footpath on either side of Jothi Ramalingam Street in Madipakkam which is located quite close to Madipakkam Koot Road junction. The street was dug up some three years ago for metro water connection, but neither has the connection been given nor has the road been relaid with black-topping. The entire street is covered with hard stones, which is quite unsafe for walking (especially for children and elders) and for motorists.
Vrinda Udaya: Ashok Nagar. We have the problem of sewage overflow which starts from one corner of the street and extends to the entire street. We have brought this to the attention of the authorities but not much has been done in this regard. Its very difficult to come out of the houses and the stench is unbearable. We would like to take some concrete measures so that there is no more sewage overflow.
K A Srinivasan: Cars, garbage, construction name any – encroach the footpath of the PSBBSS School K K Nagar and have taken away the footpath
VN Naik: In Pumping Station Road – off 4th Main Road, Gandhi Nagar Adyar, there is a small passage leading to a slum called Mallipoo Nagar located on the Adyar river bank. It is an illegal settlement but there is continuous construction of pucca RCC houses all round the year and all the building materials are stored on our pavements, leaving absolutely no space for pedestrians. Innumerable complaints have been made E E and the D C of zone 13 and to the Coporation helpline no 1913(compl No.598NNS & 621G1H). But no action is taken. We are simply told that it is a “ political “ issue and the officials cannot take ANY action!
Savitha Rengabashyam: Harrington Road, relative to other roads in the city could boast some decent footpaths. This picture was taken outside a coffee shop that has recently opened and attracts a lot of crowd. Same goes for the Pazhamudhir Nilayam that opened earlier this year. It would be great if these establishments plan parking spaces as nowadays it's quite unrealistic to think people will coming walking to your store or restaurant or cafe.
Jayapriya Philip: Ecr road is famous for it's long stretch of road and it's beaches . Though this part of Chennai is developing rapidly it still lacks in basic amenities. The Kuppam Beach Road a street in Kottivakkam , ECR lacks in pavement design . The sides of the roads are occupied by cattle , vehicles , local boys and the most disgusting of all open drainage. The whole stretch of the Kuppam Beach Road leading to the pleasant beach is covered with unpleasant overflowing drainage .
Srivatsa Vema: Whannels Road Opp to Egmore Railway Station.
The sidewalk right next to the bus stop is being used for washing clothes, causing inconvenience to the public. Necessary fine or punishment should be imposed on those who indulge in such activities, when there is a paid toilet right opposite where they're washing.
Srivatsa Vema took this photo opposite to the proposed multi-specialty hospital, near the Subway outside KAJ Complex on Anna Salai
Ayyappan Kalaivanan: The entire stretch of road connecting C.P. Ramaswamy road near the Alwarpet Sangeetha doesn't have a path even to sneak by. It is fully occupied by shopowners as their parking space and utility area.
Srinivasulu N: Almost the entire foot path opposite to Nageswararao Park on Luz Church Road, Mylapore is occupied by Government agencies. BSNL constructed a sign board near its automatic bill pay kiosk, as shown in the picture. Then TNEB's power transformer, followed by telephone junction boxes just in front of Mylapore Telephone Exchange. I suggest that the Government departments firts take initiative to clear their obstructions over footpaths then insist that the public keep them clear.
Baskar C.S snds us this picture taken near the office of the Additional Commissioner of traffic and the headquarters of traffic police of Chennai, at Kilpauk.
Meenakshi Vijayanand: East Club Road, Shenoy Nagar. Several apartments and individual houses in the locality have extended their territory into the side walks/pavements and created fenced garden area, thereby throwing the pedestrians on the busy roads. Moreover vehicles are parked along the pavement, only 50% of the road is available for vehicular traffic. Pedestrians are thrown to the streets amidst speeding vehicles.

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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