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City denizens call out poor maintenance of Anna Nagar Link Road

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TILED footpaths, an open gym and palm trees on the banks of the Uyyakondan canal turn Anna Nagar Link Road a favorite destination for city residents. But this hotspot is slowly losing its charm due to poor maintenance. Resident said the corporation should provide more seating facilities at the tiled paths. "There are about eight benches here and three of them are damaged. Many people come here for walking and relaxing. But there is no adequate seating. Therefore, the corpo-ration should consider providing more benches," said R Natrajan, a city resident.

Similarly, the flowering plants on the median also need the attention as stray cattle roaming around the city are eating them. The heavy winds that lashed the city recently brought down branches of some of the trees along the road. "Some trees lost several branches. The recently trans-planted palm trees need proper attention. Though they have done many things at Anna Nagar Link Road, the corporation should also maintain it well. In fact, the garbage bins placed on iron stands need to be repaired. All these have to be done to maintain the charm of the place," said S Ramadevi, a senior citizen who came for an evening walk.

The road has lost tarring at many locations. The portion of the road in front of the science park is in a very bad condition. Though the civic body has planted several plants even on the median in front of the park, no effort was taken to repair the road. "The corporation is taking several beautification efforts. But it should maintain the place well. Otherwise, there is no point in spending public money. They should at least do some patchwork at the damaged portion of the road," said GR Ratnavel, another resident. When contacted, the corporation officials said they would take necessary measures to rectify the issues. "We have already planned a riverfront project worth about Rs 17.54 crore on the banks of the Uyyakondan canal. We will definitely consider all these issues," an officer said.
source :epaper.newindianexpress.com/c/3430 

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