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Relief distribution complaints spark flood of agitations

Deepa H Ramakrishnan

Residents in 19 locations staged road roko


“If a kind of timetable for relief distribution was charted out, things would be smoother”


CHENNAI: Residents in as many as 19 locations came out in large numbers to stage road roko in the city on Wednesday demanding that the government distribute flood relief to their areas as well.

Police said residents of various localities including those settled at Otteri near Mekala Theatre, Kodungaiyur, Kumaran Nagar, Pulianthope, Perambur High Road (near Cooks Road) and Lloyds Colony in Royapettah blocked roads stating that they had been affected in the floods but had not received relief.

In each of these localities, the agitators were pacified after police intervened and officials gave assurances that funds would be distributed. Residents complained that distribution was being done in a disorderly fashion.

Chennai District Treasurer of the CPI R. Koteeswaran said, “As distribution is being done in an erratic manner many of the affected persons are not sure if they would be getting the aid. If a kind of timetable was charted out, things would be smoother.” Also not enough employees have been deployed on flood relief distribution duty, he added.

Perambur MLA S. K. Mahendran said relief distribution was being done in slums and people with low income living in other areas had taken to the roads demanding relief.

“On Perambur High Road near Cooks Road, there was a bit of tension. But after discussions with officials the situation became normal.”

Chennai District Collector Mythili K. Rajendran said that according to the instructions from the State government, low income group areas were being covered with the available manpower. More personnel would be utilised for this purpose, she added. Until Wednesday evening, a total of 3,27,284 beneficiaries had received Rs. 65,45,68,000 as relief in Chennai alone.

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