The residents of Venkatarathinam Nagar in Adyar are unhappy with the Greater Chennai Corporation for having overlooked the way a telecommunication company laid its cables in the neighbourhood recently. The disenchantment also extends to how another road was relaid after a similar work.
K. Shanthi Kamalasekaran, a resident of Venkatarathinam Nagar, says, “Two weeks ago, I happened to see a group of workers carrying out digging work at Venkatarathinam Nagar Main Road. I learnt from them that the pit was meant for laying cables of a telecommunication company. When I asked them to produce the permit order issued by the Bus Route Road department of Greater Chennai Corporation to carry out the work, I found that the permit to lay the cable network was issued on July 27, 2018. The copy mentions that the work has to be completed in 30 days from the date of issuing the permit order. Besides, the work permit order says the work has to be carried out on the footpath. But this work was carried out on the space adjacent to the footpath. In addition, I also learnt that the authorities of the company had not obtained a written permission letter from the Greater Chennai Traffic Police. I Immediately informed the Assistant Executive Engineer (AEE) of Ward 175 and stopped the work. In the meantime, I also told the security personnel at our apartment complex to alert me if the cable-laying work was resumed. Around 11.30 p.m. our security guard called to inform me that digging work was going on at Venkatarathinam Nagar Main Road near a temple. Once again, I called the Ward 175 AEE and stopped the work. Following this, they closed the pits on Venkatarathinam Nagar Main Road. However, the cable work was completed on Venkatarathinam Nagar Extension. After laying the cables, the dug-up portions of the road had to be relaid. But it was done in a slip shod manner. They spread cement mixed with jelly stones on the dug-up pits. The surface of the stretch is a tar road. Tar and cement will not jell and will give way during the rains.” Shanthi Kamalasekaran pointed out to similar instances on Gandhi Nagar Fourth Main Road and Indira Nagar Second Avenue.
“Although Gandhi Nagar Fourth Main Road was relaid in a slipshod way, the Federation of Adyar Residents’ Associations (FEDERA) stopped the cable-laying work in Indira Nagar Second Avenue,” says Shanthi Kamalasekaran.