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OMR, ECR and GST residents left out of goodies for Chengalpet district - GST Station

OMR, ECR and GST residents left out of goodies for Chengalpet district

OMR, ECR and GST residents left out of goodies for Chengalpet district

    CHENNAI: Chengalpet is now a new district, but residents on the fringes of the city are disappointed as the chief minister has not announced new infrastructure projects to improve basic amenities in their localities.
    Inaugurating the new Chengalpet district, bifurcated from Kancheepuram, on Friday, Edappadi K. Palaniswami announced eight new schemes — seven for rural pockets south of Chengalpet town, and one to construct 1,760 tenements at Keerapakkam near Guduvancherry.

    None of these schemes benefit people residing between Pallavaram and Chengalpet on GST Road, Navalur and Mamallapuram on OMR, and Uthandi and Mamallapuram on ECR. Multi-storeyed buildings and houses in the densely populated urban pockets along these three arterial roads don’t have underground drains, piped water supply or proper roads. And the residents are fuming.

    Harsha Koda, coordinator of the Federation of OMR Residents Associations, said the IT highway requires an underground sewer system. “Sewerage tanks dispose off the waste on streets branching out of Navalur, which forms part and parcel of Chengalpet district. But, no announcement was made regarding the basic requirement of sewerage network,” he said. The entire OMR is at the mercy of the private water tankers due to saline groundwater. “The government has never addressed this issue and we have to shell out huge sums of money to source water from outside,” he added.

    On GST Road, several village panchayats have become textbook cases of urban decay with poor roads and sanitation facilities. Narayanan, secretary of Hill View Residents Welfare Association at Vandalur, complained most about roads and garbage collection. “Ours is a CMDA approved layout and we are using the same mud road carved out by the layout promoter in 2005. While garbage collection is erratic, the solid waste is being disposed in a waterbody, polluting natural resources,” he said.

    When contacted, Chengalpet district collector John Louis denied that the chief minister or district administration was neglecting the suburbs closer to Chennai. “The representatives of these localities can approach us and we are ready redress their issues,” he told TOI.

    Source- Times of India.

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