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MLA allots Rs.1.20 crores for three projects
Mylapore MLA S. V. Shekher says that he is allotting a sum of Rs.1.20 crores from his MLA Fund to three major projects in the area.
A sum of Rs.50 lakhs is to be used by the Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC) to complete the civic works at the MTC's Foreshore Estate bus terminus.
Though a majority of the work which included building a compound wall, office and rest rooms and roof and shades was completed, some more civic work was left incomplete due to lack of funds.
A sum of Rs.50 lakhs will also be allotted to the Chennai Corporation to expand the gasifier facility at the cremation campus which is behind the DGP's office in Mylapore.
A third sum of Rs.20 lakhs will go towards building an indoor sports facility at one end of the Alphonsa Ground of Chennai Corporation off South Canal Bank Road, Mandavelipakkam.
Shekher says there have been consistent requests from the community to build an indoor hall and this hall will serve as a badminton court.
It will come up on the area where the basketball court which is in a bad shape is located on this ground.
The MLA says that he suggests that a concrete roof be built so that in future more floors can be added for play area for indoor games like carrom and table tennis.
Shekher's fund is Rs.3 crores. He says he would like to consider other projects to fund during the course of the year.
"I welcome people to make suggestions," he told Mylapore Times. "But let us not talk about new flyovers and large buildings for which we don't have the money. Let us look at key local needs."
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MLA says people want him to address small, local issues
S. V. Shekher says that people of the constituency address him with small and local issues which is not in the domain of a MLA.
He was responding to a query from 'Mylapore Times' as to why the MLA is not in the thick of local projects and issues.
What he may not want to reveal on record is the fact that a MLA who is in the opposition ( Shekher is in the AIADMK party) hardly gets 'space' to make his role felt in the community.
Reason why you do not hear or see the Mylapore MLA at key places.
Shekher says he has been handling issues like garbage clearance, water supply and condition of streets and roads but he does not seem to have made much headway on more important issues.
He says that people call him to share their local problems on weekends or on holidays when it is convenient for them. They do not go beyond this, he says.
MLA helps dispose unclaimed dead
Mylapore MLA S. Ve. Shekher has been involved in a few projects.
Widows, handicapped persons and the elderly who deserve assistance have been recommended, says his secretary. His office facilitated issue of ration cards to around 600 people.
On the healthcare front, Shekher’s office says he has recommended 20 patients for admission to the Govt. General Hospital and the Royapettah Hospital.
He has organised free eye surgery for the poor at Udhi Clinic, Alwarpet and also at Shankara Hospital, R A Puram.
When bodies are unclaimed at the mortuary of Royapettah Hospital, a Trust in which the MLA is involved has arranged for their mass burial.
He is currently addressing issues of unauthorized building construction, problems with drainage and installation of garbage bins.
USING MLA FUND . . .
Mylapore's MLA, S. V. Shekher is inviting people to share with him ideas for projects that can funded from the MLA Fund.
Asked recently, he said that suggestions included building an indoor stadium at the Corporation ground on South Canal Bank Street, Mandaveli (near the AirTel offices), lights for the Chitrakulam tank area and indicator sign boards in the Mada Streets area.
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What is the MLA up to?
So what is the Mylapore MLA, S. Ve. Shekher upto?
Last week he was seen on a street off Chitrakulam challenging Metrowater officials for giving a ‘premature’ water connection to a house that was still under construction.
The workers had laid a trench through the street and held up traffic.
He was at a blood donation camp at Kalyan Nagar Association, Mandaveli. And he was chief guest at a exhibition of eco-friendly products hosted by RainTree, a eco-tel hotel on St. Marys Road. ( photo on top
MLA says some local officials are ‘not co-operative’
Mylapore MLA S. Ve. Shekher says that he is calling for a meeting of the engineers of various state agencies like Metrowater and Chennai Corporation to work out ways in which they can co-ordinate their on-ground civic works.
He says this will avoid hiccups like one agency digging up a road for one job and another doing the same days later for its job.
The MLA however says that some local area engineers are not responding to issues that he has represented to them.
He hints that this could be because he belongs to the Opposition AIADMK party.
Shekher also said that one or two police officers based in Mylapore were not responding to his petitions and suggestions though some others were taking up the notes he had forwarded to senior officers like the JCP in charge of traffic.Mylapore Tahsildhar’s Office
The MLA says he has been receiving representations from the public on the response of staff at the Tahsildhar’s office of the area based off Greenways Road in R. A. Puram. Shekher says that people are forced to pay bribes even to get ordinary jobs processed here and that junior-level staff are rude to the public.
“Most of them are temporary staff here. So their attitude is haughty,” he says.Response to power problem
Shekher claims that he was in the thick of action when a major power failure took place last weekend when a key power distribution line off Mandaveli burst following a puncture. He says he took charge at the local EB office and personally answered calls from the public.Preparation for Assembly session
The MLA says he is preparing a list of issues he wants to raise in the state Assembly when it meets in late August. The issues will have to be the key ones that affect the area.
There could be some sting operations conducted in Mylapore very soon.
But they will not be by TV or cable channel teams.
Mylapore’s MLA, S. Ve. Shekher, is planning to put his digital camera to public use.
And his lens will be focussed on high-rise buildings which seem to have violated building norms or exceeded the limits prescribed.
He says such violations are affecting other residents and encroaching on public space.
So when he is on the rounds, the MLA plans to ‘film’ these buildings and then show them as proof of his claims.
The promoter of one such building quickly raised a huge screen on the facade after pictures were taken of the construction, he says.
MLA opens office
S. Ve. Shekher has opened his office at on Kutcheri Road (near the Buckingham Canal Bridge in Mylapore and in the Chennai Corporation premises).
A passing women hawker was invited to cut the ribbon. The MLA’s office (106, Kutcheri Road) will be open between 10 am and 1 pm and 2 pm and 6pm
MLA vs. councillor
A spat took place between the Mylapore MLA and councillor Selvi (of the DMK) at a Corporation office off Kutchery Road, Mylapore, on Friday morning.
S Ve. Shekher, the MLA who belongs to the AIADMK party, says that he decided to check out the space which had been occupied by the previous MLA and take it, since getting a new office would take time.
When he arrived on the scene, the councillor and about 20 of her people gave him the cold shoulder. They claimed that the councillor needed this space to run her office since her activities were focussed on this area. A photo of Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi was hastily pasted on the door and inside.
Shekher says the Corporation Commissioner had agreed to his request to occupy the place. The issue hangs, undecided.
Shekher had previously said that he had sought space on C. P. Ramaswamy Road so that Mylaporeans and Adyarites could access it.
MLA meeting : civic issues raised
These were some of the issues raised at Saturday's face-to-face meeting with the Mylapore MLA.1.
Shanthi Colony (off Jeevaratnam Nagar) residents said the roads were potholed, that street lights did not burn very often and that autos took up most of the space on the street.2.
Venkateswara Nagar residents said that sewage overflowed on the 2nd and 3rd Streets because the connections led to an 'illegal' line in the area and that this issue had been raised many times with the state agencies and nothing had been done.3.
Sastri Nagar and Adyar residents said that the L. B. Road arm of the Adyar flyover did not solve the traffic flow problem and that it would make sense to demolish it and restore the pavements on the main road here.4.
Padmanabha Nagar residents opposed the suggestion to re-design / removal of speed breakers that had been put up on 5th Street with police permission, saying that there was a need for more speed breakers since the traffic flow from areas like Besant Nagar and Thiruvanmiyur which take this short cut, had increased and because students in local schools used on this street.5.
Sastri Nagar residents were very vocal about the noise, air and soil pollution which was caused by the MTC depot situated on the main road around which colonies and apartments have come up.
They said that as a first step, the MTC MD should ask the drivers to park buses on the western side, rather than on the eastern side, due to which the smoke blew into the houses.