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Land near Vandalur to be given to 3 municipalities

By Our Staff Reporter

CHENNAI, JUNE 15. A 50-acre piece of land at Venkatamangalam near Vandalur would soon be handed over to the Alandur, Pallavaram and Tambaram Municipalities for use as a common garbage dumping yard, the Kancheepuram Collector, R. Venkatesan, said today.

Pallavaram and Tambaram do not have a dumping yard and the refuse is disposed of in vacant space, including dry lakebeds.

The Venkatamangalam site was identified more than a year ago. Clearance for using the land as a proper dumping yard had been given and the district administration would be formally handing it to the local bodies in 10 days, Mr. Venkatesan said, while participating in a grievance day meeting organised by the B.B.R. Residents Welfare Association at Hastinapuram near Chromepet.

A large number of petitions were submitted to the Collector and the Social Welfare Minister, B. Valarmathi, who also participated in the meeting, which discussed dumping of garbage on roadsides.

The Pallavaram Municipality in October 2002 passed a resolution urging the government to allow it to use the land at Venkatamangalam as a garbage dumping-cum-composting yard.

Chromepet flyover

On the prolonged delay in completion of the flyover at the Madras Institute of Technology (MIT) gate on Grand Southern Trunk (GST) Road at Chromepet, the Collector said there was a case in the High Court on land acquisition and hoped that the outcome would be favourable. Once the legal formalities were over, the work would be completed. He disclosed that tapping of water from the Cheyyar was under way and once the project was completed, drinking water supply to the Pallavaram and Tambaram Municipalities would increase. This would take about six months, he said.

Underground drainage

On the long-pending demand for an underground drainage network in Pallavaram Municipality, he said that most of the preliminary work was over. Tenders for the project would soon be called for.

Encroachments on water bodies and the bad roads in the southern suburbs were the issues raised by members of different residents' welfare associations. Some residents complained that at times, officials did not even acknowledge their petitions.

Members of the Postal Nagar Residents' Welfare Association said the Nemilicheri Lake, a local water body, was becoming polluted and its size was shrinking, thanks to encroachments. Though they had brought the issue to the attention of municipal officials and other government departments more than six months ago, the situation had not improved.

Representatives of the Federation of Civic and Welfare Associations of Pallavaram Municipality said illumination on the GST road was very poor. The residents sought urgent steps to improve the situation so that road accidents could be prevented.

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