Thousands Throng 2 Grievance Meetings
By Express News Service | Published: 02nd February 2014 07:30 AM |
Chennai Corporation’s experimental grievance meeting in the city ended with a fair bit of chaos as thousands thronged the two venues — JJ Indoor Stadium at Kilpauk and the YMCA grounds at Nandanam — to register their grievances. The meeting at Kilpauk was held in the morning while the one at Nandanam was organised in the evening.
The meetings were attended by representatives from over 767 Residents’ Welfare Associations (RWAs) from across the city. They aired their woes through a total of 1,143 petitions.
According to Corporation Mayor Saidai S Duraisamy, the two meetings would serve as a prelude to such meetings in the future, when they would be conducted at zonal-levels. “The Corporation plans to conduct such grievance meetings regularly at every zone so that residents and associations can present their problems to the authorities with ease,” he said.
Addressing a gathering of activists, office- bearers of various associations and residents, the Mayor said, “The RWAs have to take care of their neighbourhood. The Corporation will duly recognise the associations that do good work and present awards to encourage them.”
At Kilpauk, many people said they wanted to forward their grievances and air their woes to the Mayor and senior officials personally.
At Nandanam, the meeting was attended by a large number of welfare associations from the newly-included suburbs in the Corporation limits.
The representatives lauded the Corporation for doing a better job at laying roads and maintaining basic amenities. However, representatives from areas such as Kodambakkam, Besant Nagar and Adyar felt that basic problems have to be tackled and solved.
All the representatives left with a smile when the Mayor announced that the grievances would be looked into within a week. That was the icing on the cake.