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Thyagarajan promises to improve roads near Valluvar Kottam

CHENNAI, NOV. 1. The newly elected Deputy Mayor of Chennai Corporation, Mr.`Karate' R.Thyagarajan today inspected the roads near Valluvar Kottam water filling point and promised to take some `temporary' measures to improve the conditions there immediately.

After a preliminary inspection along with officials of Zone VII of the Corporation, Mr. Thyagarajan informed mediapersons that the ideal solution for the Valluvar Kottam junction would be to lay cement roads. The roads here have taken a battering due to the movement of water tankers.

"The decision to lay a cement road could be taken only by the council. The cost of such a project would be to the tune of Rs 15 lakhs and would take at least three months for completion. Right now, some gravel and sand would be used to patch up the potholes," he said.

He also inspected the Prakasam Road adjoining the Valluvar Kottam water filling station, where residents have been complaining about civic problems caused by water tanker movement.

The open drains have been overflowing in the area due to permanent water-logging, and the traffic police have bifurcated the narrow lane using cement boulders to facilitate free movement of private vehicles.

Later, Mr.Thyagarajan visited the Communicable Diseases Hospital at Tondiarpet and enquired about the health of the patients inflicted with Dengue fever.

Good roads on a War-footing

Meanwhile, Mr.D.Jayakumar, State Minister for Electricity, in a press note said the government was determined to improve the condition of the city roads on a war-footing.

Reacting to reports that appeared in a section of media recently, Mr.Jayakumar said the sorry state of the city roads was only reflective of the rampant corruption in Chennai Corporation during the previous DMK regime.

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