Pathetic condition of road in Saidapet

The residents of Sakunthala street, Subramani street, Mahadevan street, Devamani street and Kuppuswamy street in Saidapet use Sakunthala street for boarding buses at the bus stand near Jayaraj Theatre. All the school students heading to Saidapet corporation school, college students and office goers of the area are facing difficulties in commuting through Sakunthala street because the condition of the road is pathetic.

Problems faced:

1. The road has been illegally encroached upon and the drainage in right in the centre of the road.
2. There is no tar road for more than half of Sakunthala street.
3. Unauthorised construction activities continue to happen on the road.
4. Debris and garbage lay scattered on the entire stretch.
5. Anti-social elements park their vehicles in the area and use it as a temporary bar.
6. No freedom for people to walk freely.

Several complaints were sent to the Chennai Corporation via e-mail in June, August and December of 2007 and most recently in February 2008.

These were questions that residents asked the Chennai Corporation. Are we not paying road tax, water tax and drainage tax regularly like any other citizens of Chennai? Will the corporation authorities initiate diligent action?

Suggested solutions:

1. Remove the debris from the road.
2. Keep the road clean so that people can walk on it.
3. Keep the road free of garbage.
4. Do not allow further unauthorised constructions on the road
5. Stop all construction activities happening without approval.
6. Take stern action against local anti-social elements

A reply from an assistant commissioner, Chennai Corporation, stated the following:

Regarding the bad condition of residential street received from Sekar Nagar: With reference to your e-mail message, it is informed that the above reference has been sent to Chennai Corporation for necessary action. Hence, you are requested to approach the Commissioner, Chennai Corporation with this regard.

Concrete action taken till date: NIL

Proof: Visible truth in the heart of busy locality.

(This email was received from Mr Suresh Babu, a software engineer. Only his email Id is available with Chennai Metblogs, which is not responsible for the veracity of the content of this post. Only the reader can confirm whether it’s true or not.)

18 Comments so far

  1. parthasarathy (unregistered) on February 29th, 2008 @ 11:04 am

    If Chennai metblogs wants to make ‘complaints’ a regular feature, please start a seperate section for it. There are INFINITE such complaints in the city of Chennai and I can submit at least 50 such. Road maintainence is horrible and pathetic. But even that is the least of Chennaiites worries as seen by the indifference of politicians.

    I hope chennai metblogs will not be abused in future by indifferent ‘topics’ ( such as the one on Bhuttos assasination ) from Nandhu Sundaram – the journo with a ‘feminist mission’ – on which hapless commentators are supposed to ‘comment’. Moderation in submitting topics might be a solution.

    Lastly, there is nt even a picture!

  2. Chennai citizen (unregistered) on February 29th, 2008 @ 12:00 pm

    Hi All,
    Listen! Why are we using media? To publicize issues or problems citizens face?
    So that we all can get some kind of solution from one of the reader, who knows might be a honest government employee? May be a NGO or an NRI?
    See, All of us know, politicians can do nothing. Except blaming others. We being educated, and being known the facts.
    It is appropriate for us to try to find a solution through this media.
    As you know Nandhu being an Editor has all rights to verify these and raise the same in print media.
    Let us all be constructive and approach towards a solution. Thank You.

  3. NotSoSilentWitness (unregistered) on February 29th, 2008 @ 1:17 pm

    I have been reading MetBlogs for a really long time and this is my first comment.

    This post has opened my eyes to the atrocious conditions of Chennai roads. That there are roads which are poorly maintained is the governments best kept secret, and this cutting edge piece of internet journalism has thankfully exposed it.


    Try not to post the first thing you saw/heard/did this morning. If you must, then heres how you could add some value to this post:

    1. Dont report a pothole, add some insightful commentary
    2. Dont say in twenty lines what you can say in one
    3. Think of the time hundreds / thousands are investing in reading this post and think ‘how can this be interesting/informative/entertaining to them?’
    4. Add a picture
    5. If all else fails, delete post
    6. And most importantly, dont state the obvious in 6 points :)

    Concrete Value Addition to the Reader: NIL
    Proof: Try reading it again!

  4. parthasarathy (unregistered) on February 29th, 2008 @ 2:56 pm


    While a man biting a dog should make news, a dog biting a man should not.

    Yes, the Indian media has an agenda of its own. But which other part of the world has nt?

    Legal abuse of the Indian male is probably the worst kept secret among Indian males. And yet Feminism too is being now promoted by the Indian media. Who has known that Actor Prasanth too has been abused legally and the media completely silenced him?

    Also, as an athiest, I have found the medias projecting religion as essential for ‘peace’ as illogical. The Hindu has been part of this promotion campaign, and now we have communal political parties!

    But who cares?

  5. Dilip Muralidaran (unregistered) on February 29th, 2008 @ 3:12 pm

    Parthasarathy is damn right on the topic, he hit it right where it hurts. Media promotes Religion to be a pre-requisite for a peaceful living when almost every freaking problem has its roots in religion.

    Religion invented by man will always be turned and twisted to the whims of man and his weakness.

    In fact all of this male chauvinism, casteism, illegal and unethical conversion, terrorism aka jihad, every damn thing comes from religion. There is no good or bad that man, as in a human being can do that religion cannot or can do. It all has its roots in the mans whims and fancies.

    Take religion out of the picture a major chunk of the problem is gone or at least we have a straightforward solution to a problem without offending one another’s spiritual/religious sentiments.

  6. parthasarathy (unregistered) on February 29th, 2008 @ 4:09 pm


    I think we agree on ‘God-belief’. But talking of ‘male chauvinism’ and ‘feminism’ in the same breath is not a comforting thought.

    While one is about stereotyping and fiction, the other is reality and fact. Male chauvinism does nt exist in reality anymore, but scorned ‘powerful’ feminists do roam the streets in large numbers, since seperation and divorce rates are skyrocketting.

    Remember it is not about history, honor, logic, far-sighted ideas and being fearless, it is about the latest fashion, clothes, string pulling, revisionist history, women never lying about sexual harassment and backstabbing. Once you commit these ideas to memory you too can learn to be a effeminate fox or weasel and destroy your country, state or family.

  7. ChennaiGrandma (unregistered) on February 29th, 2008 @ 4:28 pm

    Nandhu rotule nariya Bondu, un vetuku pakathile oru santhu athule oduthu un rendu? panthu, 3 velaiyum atha pudika odatheyda janthu, Pugarkuduthu nee inga pannathey Lanthu, Mandu Nandu!

  8. ela (unregistered) on February 29th, 2008 @ 6:54 pm

    Yeap, I do also think that some time could have been invested in this post to make it more effective and worth of reading. If the main aim of this post is to tell the public the prevailing problem and the inefficiency of the concerned authority in solving this and drive the nail home…then this defintely falls short.
    And again, the tone of most of the comments leaves me wondering, why our people seem to be so happy in putting a fellow person down…there is plenty of words to chose from which can convey the displeasure and can suggest other alternatives in a positive manner.

    @Parthasarathy….if you haven’t realised it so far and if no one else has also told you…listen…by dragging women for almost all topics, even for the potholes on the road, you are only making it obvious that the whole world revolves around women and without them nothing can exist….don’t you think it is contradicting with your philosophy?

  9. parthasarathy (unregistered) on February 29th, 2008 @ 7:56 pm

    " are only making it obvious that the whole world revolves around women and without them nothing can exist.."

    I agree fully. There can be no doubt about that.

    But the world is NOT revolving around FEMINISM. And certainly does not need to revolve around ‘EXTREMIST feminism’.

    Hope the DIFFERENCE becomes obvious eventually to you, and to the biased journalists, as it has, to actor Prasanth.

  10. m_kanth (unregistered) on February 29th, 2008 @ 9:22 pm

    Nandhu, appreciate someone writing about the roads of Saidapet. But as obvious there is nothing much the govt is planning to do.Is there any suggestion from the readers to help with the solution.
    I hope there is some neighbourhood in Chennai that is relatively better maintained. Any tips on how this was achieved?

  11. chennairamblings (unregistered) on March 1st, 2008 @ 4:10 am

    And the comments’ section gets more and more ridiculous with each post.
    If there is something to be said about the post (either for or against it), let’s do that.
    But getting completely unrelated topics such as feminism in each post just ranks of, dare I say it, warrant insecurity.
    Parthasarathy, there are millions of blogs out there which are pro- and anti-feminism,perhaps you can channel your frustrations out on one of them and leave discussions on the actual posts for this forum.

  12. hipartha (unregistered) on March 1st, 2008 @ 8:02 am

    Yaruda athu summa sound udrathu. Parthacharathy un kaile one question ketukireen! ne enna Parvai Muniiiiyamma peranaa chuma kuvikine irukaiye. Adanguda enna athule ponchaaathi soru podalaya? Ennada nee andhra karana illa madrachu pudcha vanthireekiraya? Enna matter unthu? onnume puriyele baa bombalaingala pathi (fem nezam) adikinee pore! oreye bejjara kithu Ba! Vutle utkanthu manja potu kathadi vida kathuku mamu deal le matikina aaya kadai porata vangi saptuku. Adha vuttu chumma inga vanthu udaar udatheyda atta kathi paiya!

  13. chennaicitizen (unregistered) on March 1st, 2008 @ 8:03 am

    Hi All,
    True! I agree. None of the discussions is in the interest of the society or doing something worth. Guys, we being educated should not be venturing out personnel thoughts in a common forum. If you all can come up with a feasible or workable solution. That would add meaning to the post.
    Otherwise, all the effort of keeping a open forum will go waste.
    Why not we make a change? Is that not acheivable?
    Think, some of us can suggest suitable or concerned authorities emailid’s, telephone numbers.

    Do not think, we all can’t solve a problem.

    A sample example, Take the above issue itself.

    1. One of us can find out a genuine responsible gov authority.(JE/AE/ADD,Commissioner)
    2. All of us will meet up on that street to see the actual fact?- If necessary or the moderator can check the validity.
    3. All of us call these numbers and raise the same concern.
    4. Will you all still think, there will not be any action?
    5. If you all still think, this is not a workable task. We can ask the moderator to delete this post.
    6. Let us all continue to discuss useless discussions.

  14. parthasarathy (unregistered) on March 1st, 2008 @ 8:58 am


    I do think that feminism is blacked-out by the media. And this IS relevant to the discussion – which is about the media having an AGENDA of its own.

    Let us have a poll : How many of us HAVE seen or heard of actor Prasanths abuse by law or his appeal?

  15. Tamizhan (unregistered) on March 1st, 2008 @ 3:20 pm

    Parthasarathy is an abishtoo.

  16. Tamizhan (unregistered) on March 1st, 2008 @ 3:23 pm

    Paavam…..feminism naala roadukke vanthutaar…Paartha va partha paavamaa irukku :-(

  17. Tamizhan (unregistered) on March 1st, 2008 @ 3:35 pm

    The Notsosilentwitness statement has a lot of truth…..unfortunately, due to the way he said it, the intended audience will not be bothered to comprehend it.

    A perfect example of how a comment should not be posted in a blog!

  18. kris (unregistered) on March 1st, 2008 @ 10:04 pm

    Parthas … that actor Prasanth was given boycott by all lady media. Everyone boycotted it completely. That is why it was not given in papers.

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