North Chennai not getting adequate attention: exnora

The MC Road at Washermanpet, near the Anna Poonga water filling station, is an example of the neglect of north Chennai, say residents. — Photo: K. Pichumani  

CHENNAI NOV. 13. Members of the Civic Exnora today pointed out that north Chennai civic problems were not getting adequate attention and there was rise in pollution caused by burning of tyres and plastics on the Kodungaiyur dumping ground.

"Over 30 to 40 Corporation lorries carry wet garbage leaving a trail of bad smell. The residents are forced to put up with the problems created by refuse from cattle slaughter houses that finds its way to the dumping ground", said a participant at a face-to-face meeting held at T.Nagar.

During heavy rain all subways in the Perambur area became waterlogged and the only way for traffic could be the Perambur Flyover, which lay incomplete.

The residents demanded completion of the stalled work. While the Erukkancheri High Road was being widened, there was an urgent need for proper pedestrian platforms. Similarly, near the Ambedkar College at Vyasarpadi, the road was narrow, creating possibilities for accidents.

On the Perambur Barracks Road, the road near Vasanthi Theatre near a Metrowater Pumping Station was not laid properly. The whole area between Choolai and Doveton Corrie, the Avadhanam Papaiah Road to the Choolai Post Office needed immediate repairs.

T.Vijay Anand, member, Exnora International, said the entry to the Harbour at Royapuram and the exit point at Kasimedu, leading to the container terminal was clogged with container traffic daily. "If there is a major accident in the Manali and Ennore industrial belt, it will be very difficult to take patients to the Stanley Government Hospital and the General Hospital, crossing this traffic barrier", he said. He also pointed out that the area between Nagore Thottam and Lakshmi Amman Koil was very narrow due to encroachments. The suggestion by the members of the Exnora was to use the road space inside the Royapuram Fishing Harbour for movement of trucks and container traffic to help to decongest the S.N. Chetty Road, Royapuram.

J. Fatehraj, Exnora member from Park Town, referred to the bad road conditions on Mint Street and NSC Bose Road. "During heavy rain, the roads become slushy. The problem is aggravated by residents who dump the rainwater harvesting debris on the road." The Malaria Laboratory opposite Elephant Gate was in a dilapidated condition, he added.

Members said there were frequent traffic jams in front of Salt Cotaurs as lorries were parked on the road outside. They called for a system to park lorries inside the Salt Cotaurs area.

Other issues raised at the meeting chaired by R. Govindaraj, joint general secretary, Exnora International, were the difficulty experienced by passengers bound for Central Railway Station as they had to alight with their luggage far away from the station, because no auto or cycle rickshaw was allowed nearby. This also prompted porters to charge exorbitant amounts to carry luggage.

There was severe water logging in low-lying roads of Otteri, where drainage blocks had also to be removed before rain. The Korukkupet, Netaji Nagar Road was also in a battered condition calling for immediate repairs. The members resolved to form a committee for north Chennai and meet the Commissioner, Chennai Corporation, and the Joint Commissioner of Traffic, G.U.G. Sastry, seeking redress of the civic and traffic problems of the area.