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Readers' clicks – July 7

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A.Deepak Srinivasan: Pugalendhi Salai in J.J.Nagar, Mogappair East, is so bad that it’s difficult to walk. Imagine when it rains heavily! The road becomes unfit for two wheelers as they skid on these slippery roads and many people have slipped while walking on these streets. A few months back when some major roads were being laid we were told that all the streets would be re-laid, but it is yet to happen.
Ananthakrishnan: This is a photograph of the pavement on Dr. Nair Road, T. Nagar about fifty metres from the Vani Mahal junction. I request that the pavement and the storm water drain beneath it be cleaned, revamped and reconstructed and the pavement restored.
A.S. Arunkrishna: The snap shown is a portion of Thiruvalluvar Salai close to the intersecting point at Arcot road. The entire stretch of Thiruvalluvar Salai needs pavements. The storm water drain cover cannot be used as a pavement because it does not provide a levelled surface to walk on and it’s definitely not a substitute for a pavement.
B. Manivannan: The pavement on the western row of Rajaji Salai, on the immediate northern side of Customs House and opposite to gate no 5 of Chennai Port Trust has been encroached by an upcoming hotel - Idly Vilas. The entire footpath is closed with construction material. The irony is that the Chennai Collectorate is hardly 100 feet from the encroachment. Will the authorities take action?
Chetan Jain: The footpath is broken, a drain is open and water is always stagnant when it rains. This picture is at Kolathur Junction, near Lakshmi Amman Koil at Red Hills.
Jeyaston: At Chetty Street in Ayanavaram, the pavement was taken out to repair the drain on Thursday but the place has not been cleared.
Johns George: The photo shows the footpath in front of Doshi Gardens shopping complex opposite to the Vadapalani bus depot. There are a few small fruit shops here as well. All this makes using the footpath very difficult, especially when the road gets flooded with sewage water during rains.
K. Ravikumar: This is at Bazullah Road where the pavement was excavated for storm water work three months back. The trench is still not closed and we face mosquito menace. This is also a favourite spot for urination and unsuspecting walkers get trapped in the hole frequently. We need proper closure of the trench immediately and restoration of the pavement.
Dr. C.S. Lakshminarayana: On 24th Street Balaji Nagar, Puzhudivakkam, under Chennai Corporation -Zone 14 -169 there is no footpath to talk of! I am a senior citizen and I’m unable to use the road due to safety reasons. The open drain has to be covered.
M.R.Sivaraman IAS (Retd): There are practically no pavements on Luz Church Road from Nageswara Rao Park up to the C P Ramasamy Road overbridge. Hospital ambulances and the autorickshaws occupy the pavements. It is a nightmare to walk here.
Ramesh: The area in TVS colony in Anna Nagar West Extn. is fraught with problems. The road from Ambattur estate to Thirumangalam leading to TVS Colony First main Road is totally occupied by street vendors, pillars erected by political parties for hoisting flags, road-side shops, water cans etc.
Ramesh S.S.: This is at Sriram Nagar First Main Road. The instruction on the signboard and the casual defiance is funny but equally annoying.
Sundaram: This is at Abhiramampuram. Despite representation to the Corporation of Chennai no action has been taken. The road is encroached by the contractor hired by Chennai Corporation who does stormwater drain work. The debris is a hindrance to the park users.
Sushil Cherian: There is an open manhole covered with a makeshift cement barrel and further down the footpath there is wood piled up. The footpath is also used as a public toilet. This stretch along with the corner of Second Street at Kamdar Nagar is used as a public garbage dump.

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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