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Demolition of historic park triggers fury in Chennai

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The Hindu       11.02.2016  

Demolition of historic park triggers fury in Chennai

Corporation plans to free up space for increasing width of stretches

On Monday night, angry residents gathered at Selvapathi Chettiyar Park on Strahans Road in Pattalam in north Chennai to protest the demolition of the park.

The action, which was being carried out under the supervision of Greater Chennai Corporation officials, was aimed at freeing up space for road-widening work.

However, with the protest gaining in intensity, Corporation workers had to beat a hasty retreat, suspending the demotion work. The protest continued throughout Tuesday, with several political parties joining in.

The park is considered special for its clock tower which had been built in memory of the pioneering labour union leader Selvapathy Chettiar.

The attempt to demolish the park is set against the backdrop of Greater Chennai Corporation’s

move to widen roads by denotifying open spaces, including parks and playgrounds, wherever necessary.

The State government had given its nod for de-notification of parks for widening 11 bus route roads, following a council resolution on November 20, 2014.

The demolition of the walls of the 2420 sq m park on Strahans Road was carried out on Monday night following a council resolution on January 27, 2016.

According to that Corporation council resolution, a private developer had been asked to develop another park in another land measuring 2701 sq m so that this park could be demolished.

The developer had planned a large township in a large parcel of land previously owned by a leading textile and engineering major in north Chennai.

The developer has already demolished some buildings without any sanction or approval of the Corporation. Due to this illegality and non-compliance with demolition norms, a case has been filed with the National Green Tribunal, according to the Corporation council resolution.

“The road has actually been planned to help a private agency develop a bus route for a new township. Residents have not permitted demolition of the clock tower which was built in memory of Selvapathy Chettiar, one of the two founders of the Madras Labour Union at Binny Mills,” said A. Vijayakumar, North Chennai, District Committee Member of CPI(M).

“Very sad. It is a great symbol of our labour struggle. He is the founding father of labour union in the whole country. It should not be demolished under any circumstances,” said historian V. Sriram.

The clock tower was inaugurated on August 4, 1948 and restored in 2004.


Corporation removes obstruction at taxi stand entry near Big Tank

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The Hindu       30.05.2015  

Corporation removes obstruction at taxi stand entry near Big Tank

Action follows drivers’ threat to stage a protest

Works for a road on the Big Tank bund are in full swing in Coimbatore. - Photo: M. Periasamy
Works for a road on the Big Tank bund are in full swing in Coimbatore. - Photo: M. Periasamy

Coimbatore Corporation officials on Friday demolished a portion of the compound wall that was constructed encompassing a taxi stand near the Ukkadam Big Tank.

According to the sources, the Corporation was forced to remove the compound wall and provide a pathway after vehicle owners who used the stand threatened to stage a protest if the Corporation did not remove it.

The drivers’ grouse was that despite requesting the civic body that it was a question of their livelihood, the civic body went ahead to fence the area.

To urge the Corporation to undo the damage, the drivers, led by CITU district president C. Padmanabhan, Road Transport Union State General Secretary S. Moorthy, Auto Rickshaw Drivers’ Union leader P.K. Sugumar and others, had planned to stage a protest.

The sources said that the Corporation officials inspected the site, agreed to have the compound wall removed and also cleared the pathway for easy entry and exit of vehicles.

The Coimbatore Corporation had been engaged in improving the eastern bund of the Ukkadam Big Tank to throw it open for light motor vehicle traffic.


Rs.8 crore sanctioned to improve city roads

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The Hindu       22.01.2015  

Rs.8 crore sanctioned to improve city roads

Corporation Commissioner stresses need to follow road discipline

Safety mission:NSS volunteers of American College taking out road safety awareness rally from Mattuthavani Bus Stand on Wednesday.— Photo: R. Ashok
Safety mission:NSS volunteers of American College taking out road safety awareness rally from Mattuthavani Bus Stand on Wednesday.— Photo: R. Ashok

The Madurai Corporation has been sanctioned Rs.8 crore exclusively to improve city roads and thereby create better road infrastructure.

This fund was given to the civic body by the State government under the Tamil Nadu Urban Roads Infrastructure Fund (TURIF) and it will be utilised soon for creating a better road network . “We are having Rs.8 crore for undertaking road works and, if required, additional funds will be mobilised from other sources,” Commissioner C. Kathiravan told The Hindu on Wednesday.

He was replying to a question on the bad condition of city roads and hardships caused to motorists and public. The corporation is ready to spend money from funds allotted through Integrated Urban Development Mission and from the general fund also, he added.

Mr. Kathiravan informed this before flagging off a road safety awareness rally by students organised as a part of the Road Safety Weekcelebrations in association with Voice Trust, American College and Surabhi Suzuki at Mattuthavani omni bus stand.

He emphasised the need to avoid rash driving and follow road discipline to prevent accidents. “There should be a good road culture. Unfortunately, we see road accidents and traffic violations on the one side and pavements/platforms being occupied by shops on the other. If road accidents have to be averted, we all have to follow the rules and also wear helmet while driving two-wheelers,” he said.

Mayor V. V. Rajan Chellappa, who flagged off the rally, appealed to motorists to practise self-regulation.

A. Madhavan, senior interventional cardiologist, Apollo Speciality Hospitals, said that human body was like a temple and it should have only natural death. “Loss of life in an accident puts the family in misery. Remember always that your family members are depending on you,” he told the youngsters.


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