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Chennai: Sringeri Mutt Road gets a stroke of colour

CHENNAI: Greater Chennai company, Chennai town police, kids and workforce from local colleges and the residents of Singeri Mutt Road in Mylapore were given together and added colour, slightly actually to the roads on Thursday. The house where abandoned vehicles was once parked and used to be a den for anti-social elements used to be brightened and made more secure by way of taking away the encroachments and by way of colouring the partitions and the roads.

The partitions are painted with messages for the society and the roads are dyed in numerous hues. There may be hopscotch painted at the highway where the youngsters can play the game.

J Dhanammal, Headmistress, Chennai High School, Mandaveli said, they the area has indubitably turn out to be a more secure position now. “I'm sure of getting more admissions this year as the area itself has been transformed into a pleasant one. We used to cross the streets with male scholars as even the lady workforce have been scared. But now, we are more than happy,” she said.

Deputy commissioner, Traffic, East, M Sree Abhinav said he decided to implement the plan a month in the past when he met the residents in the house. “There have been a large number of complaints relating to stray parking, abandoned vehicles, folks boozing at the highway aspects and open defecation in the street corners. There are about seven colleges in the house. We decided to take up sturdy initiatives. We did not build footpaths or lay roads however simply beautified the area, painted the streets and demarcated the distance for pedestrians. Since scholars and local people would be the users, we concerned them. If this power turns successful, we will be able to make bigger this to other spaces as neatly,” he said.

Ashwathy Dilip, of ITDP said, “We adopted the ‘Tactical Urbanism’ approach the use of temporary measures comparable to painting the road and the use of visitors cones, to lend a hand the neighborhood reclaim the road for the pedestrians. Laying a pedestrian footpath might take about 6 months. With more secure strolling stretches, loose from abandoned vehicles and art decorating the partitions, the spaces that when instilled worry inside the pedestrians has been witnessing the much-needed transformation.”

Ok L Balasubramanian, member of Thiruveethi Amman Koil Street Resident Association said, “When we have been informed about this, we have been very excited. We first changed the look of the partitions with the assistance of the NGO, Stop Abusing Public Spaces. Two weeks back, the visitors police cleared the vehicles, the company cleared the rubbish and particles. We are hopeful that other associations might be impressed by way of this and reclaim their public spaces,” he said.

Commissioner, Greater Chennai company said, “These small scale initiatives feed into the larger imaginative and prescient of making an inclusive NMT Masterplan, that makes a speciality of improving the mobility especially for children.”

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