TAMIL NADU

T. Nagar MLA, residents take protest to Ripon Buildings

GIVE US OUR NECESSITIES: Residents of T.Nagar held a flash demonstration in front of the Ripon Buildings on Monday demanding improvement of roads and other civic amenities in their area. — Photo: R.Ragu

GIVE US OUR NECESSITIES: Residents of T.Nagar held a flash demonstration in front of the Ripon Buildings on Monday demanding improvement of roads and other civic amenities in their area. — Photo: R.Ragu  

Corporation `not carrying out civic works, ignoring pending proposals'

Staff Reporter

CHENNAI: T. Nagar MLA J. Anbazhagan and more than 50 representatives of civic and residents welfare associations were picked up by the police after they staged a demonstration in front of the Ripon Buildings to highlight the civic problems in their area. They were released later in the evening

The residents said that several roads, including those on Mahalakshmi Street and Ramanujam Street, had been reduced to mud roads. Tenders for relaying many of these roads had been finalised about a year ago but there had been no activity since.

Traffic congestion

The Chennai Corporation had also overlooked the problems of traffic congestion and parking in the Panagal Park-Usman Road area. Although there were proposals to construct mini-flyovers at congested intersections, none of them had been implemented, said R. Govindaraj, joint general secretary of Exnora International, who also courted arrest. "The proposal to construct a vehicular bridge over the Rangarajapuram level crossing is pending for several years. The civic body did not give us any reason for the delay in starting work," Mr. Govindaraj said.

Parking problems

Mr. Anbazhagan said that decongesting T. Nagar was not on the priority list of the civic body. About 20 streets off Usman Road, including Motilal Street, Sarojini Street and Mahalakshmi Street, were clogged because the police and the civic authorities allowed parking of two-wheelers. Because of this, the residents were unable to step out of their houses. The Corporation should create space for parking or implement the long-pending proposal of multi-storeyed parking lots.

In the last financial year, the Corporation had not carried out any work under the MLA Constituency Development Scheme, Mr. Anbazhagan charged. Listing out the civic works that were pending, he said he had sanctioned Rs. 49 lakhs for the renovation of a community hall in Division 120 in April 2003. The work was yet to take off.

Similarly, in October 2004, he had sanctioned Rs. 22 lakhs for fountains, clock towers and other improvement works in Natesan Park and Panagal Park. Work on the improvement of a playground in Division 125 was yet to begin although Rs. 9 lakhs had sanctioned last year, Mr. Anbazhagan said.

They had undertaken the demonstration, he said, as the civic body had not acted on their memorandum, submitted to the Commissioner about 10 days ago.

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