In an attempt to press demand for a railway overbridge at Pachalam (ROB), a Resident’s Association based there will organise a march and dharna.
The decision to take the issue to streets was taken in a meeting of the Resident’s Apex Council in the city on Saturday. The Apex Council informed that MP P Rajeev, MLA Hibi Eden, GCDA Chairman N Venugopal, political leaders such as V N Seenulal, P N Prassanakumar, E M Sunilkumar, Somarajan and Shivaraman (BJP) will address the dharna.
The decision, taken at the North Vaduthala meeting of the Council, is to pressurise decision makers to fast track the construction of the ROB. “We had submitted a petition to the Chief Minister and Minister of Public Works to assign DMRC for the construction of the Vaduthala- Pachalam ROB. We had also suggested the widening of coastal roads.
The unused land of CIDCO at Pachalam and the land given for rent to Hindustan Petroleum could be used as compensation to cover losses incurred by landowners from surrendering their land for the project. Pachalam market, which has road on three sides, can be renovated to compensate for those who would loss their business concerns.
Since the Railways has offered to shoulder 50 per cent of the total cost of the project, what are the authorities waiting for”, asked K N Chandrashekar, who is the general secretary of the council. K K Kaleshan, P S Bhasi, Chandrashekaran, Justin Augustin and Satheeshan, office bearers of the council, spoke during the event. The march will be conducted from Vaduthala Don Bosco to Pachalam. Dharna will be conducted on the same day in the evening.