December 23, 2015
The more than 15000 residents of Vadavalli at Ward 17 have major problems with the drainage, street light, public toilets, and proper drinking water. The area does not have a proper bus stand either.
K. Ramamoorthy, one of the residents, says, “The area does not have a proper bus-stand and this has been our biggest problem.” He also points out that ganja peddlers and arrack dealers are often seen in areas like Koothandvar Kovil Street. School and college-going girls find it difficult to pass through these areas in the evenings. The residents have demanded that the police intervene and stop such illegal activities. They also complain that the local councillor only rarely visits the area.
K. Paramasivam, a resident of Kandaswamy Street, says, “The area has not been cleaned for more than three months. Residents dump the waste in the open land due to insufficient bins. The street lights do not work properly and it leads to chain snatching and other thefts in the area.”
P. Ramamoorthy, of Koothandavar Kovil Street, says “The area lacks drinking water supply and also the street lights in the area works rarely.” He also adds that the area lacks public toilet facilities.
“Nothing has changed in these four years and people continue to suffer,” says one of the residents, D. Velladurai. He also added that, the civic body has failed to maintain the area. The roadsides are being encroached by a few people and no one questions them. The drains have not been cleaned for more than 6 months, and people are in the danger of contracting dengue.
The residents of Ponkaliamman Street also face the street lights and drainage problems. P. Kanagaraj, of Natesa Mudhaliyar Street, says, “Drinking water is one of the major problems in the area. The water supply is very inadequate.”
Covai Post spoke to the AIADMK Councillor of Ward 17, B. Saraswathy. “The street lights in Vadvalli will be changed to LED lights,” she said. She also added that some of the sanitary workers were involved in Chennai flood relief process, so the sewage systems in some of the areas were not maintained for the past few days.