Night without end

If you live in Perungudi, then you can empathise with that title where the roads are concerned. Bad enough that we have to traverse the Old Mahabalipuram Road to get any where. While the stretch from Madhya Kailash to SRP Tools is being laid apace, the stretch from there to Perungudi is in a terrible state. As the road is going to be relaid (when they get around to doing this stretch), no one seems interested in doing anything about its current state. Leaving us to lurch from pothole to pothole through pools of water, across dividers and back and so on.

But wait, the worst is yet to come! Try turning into Perungudi and the nightmare starts. The first turning to the right into Perungudi usually has a barrier with a narrow gap to get through. The next was so badly ug up for some three weeks that it was completely blocked. Now it is motorable, but as you turn in, half the road is blocked by a barrier so that your wheels don’t sink into the soft, muddy portion that was filled in. One has to go carefully along the road (if you can see it beneath the huge pools of water standing on the road) without getting off the edge. The fact that motor bikes and cycles, leave alone LCVs and trucks, park haphazardly in front of the shops doesn’t make it any easier. And if there is a vehicle coming in the opposite direction, you’re in real trouble.

The third turning is in the same dug up state as it was when this writer did post on the subject a month ago. Sadly, this is the turning that leads to the Abacus School with many cars, school buses and vans having to drop kids and pick them up every day having to use this road, as well as the others to get in and out. Leave alone the hapless residents of the area. I wish the mainstream media will pick up this absolute insensitivity to the needs of the school and residents of the area, and highlight the official apathy that leads to such needless suffering and daily stress. I love this city, but its things like these that make you see red, and lead to your feeling if things will ever improve. For us, it seems like a night without end.

8 Comments so far

  1. chndler64 (unregistered) on October 6th, 2006 @ 7:15 am

    Here you are bitching about inconvenience caused
    to you because your car can’t take you thru the bad roads.

    Have you ever thought about the carelessness
    of the TN govt. and the big fat cats from the IT industry not taking care of the poor hungry children, or facilitating building medical centers to treat the sick or care for the mentally or physically challenged ?

    So far, all I see is ass kissing the politicians by the IT industry giants like SIFY, TCS and others and the media glorifying ‘Free TV’ scheme.
    Pathetic..Tell me how many public service projects
    the IT majors contributed that reached the needy, poor, and the sick children. How many IT execs did hunger strikes for the needy causes or shared their bounty with the poor ?

    Just like the poor children are made to fend for themselves, why don’t you consider buying a Hummer
    so you can reach your office on time. If not, go
    do sit-in at IT major CEO’s office to contribute the profit from ‘Pimping’ towards public service.

    Stop bitching and start Screaming about helpless children. I will listen, read and join your cause.

  2. Jax (unregistered) on October 6th, 2006 @ 7:39 am

    Hahaha chndler64. You are too emotional to be let near a computer. Have you come to a conclusion that David does not care about helpless children because he spoke about the bad roads? You need some medication chndler64.
    We get some interesting characters commenting in this blog.

  3. panampalli (unregistered) on October 6th, 2006 @ 9:26 am

    Nice to seem some passionate writings about perungudi.

    We started a thread on wiki on perungudi .

    feel free to contribute/edit when you find some time.

  4. david (unregistered) on October 6th, 2006 @ 11:04 am

    Thanx Panampalli. Had a look at its really interesting! Will add on if I can find info of some value.

  5. david (unregistered) on October 6th, 2006 @ 11:13 am

    Chndler64, thanx for your comment. Bad roads are a problem for everyone who uses them. And for the record, I support ten poor children through a day care centre, educate and support two children through World Vision, worked with a home for the mentally handicapped for 14 years, for seven of which I was the chairman of the governing council, and am now involved with a another home for mentally handicapped children. At Sify, we run a program called ‘Alambana’ that gives training to teenagers whose parents cannot afford to eductae them. We train them in spoken English, hygiene and personal grooming, personality development and computer skills in batches of sixteen or so every three months. So far over three hundred children have benefited and are employed in the retail and IT services sectors. Enough said.

  6. Jax (unregistered) on October 6th, 2006 @ 5:08 pm

    Thank you David.

  7. observer (unregistered) on October 6th, 2006 @ 11:01 pm

    Well, IT companies do pay their dues through TAXES, so they are fulfilling their part of the responsibility. It’s the government that you should blame for not using the taxes to help the poor. And it’s also sad to see this community blog being used to rant about trivial issues that could be better resolved by contacting the local civic body.

  8. Prasath (unregistered) on October 7th, 2006 @ 4:10 am

    The hot water didn’t come in my apt today morning and can i blog about that??

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