AIADMK veteran J.C.D. Prabhakar takes on A. Vetriazhagan, grandson of Okay. Anbazhagan
Villivakkam, a constituency that predominantly has a working class inhabitants, will once more witness a direct contest between the foremost Dravidian events within the Meeting election.
This time, J.C.D. Prabhakar, one of many AIADMK’s senior leaders within the metropolis, is pitted towards A. Vetriazhagan, grandson of DMK veteran Okay. Anbazhagan.
As soon as the most important constituency within the metropolis, Villivakkam has shrunk in dimension as different constituencies — Ambattur, Kolathur, Maduravoyal, Virugambakkam and Madhavaram — have been created after the delimitation course of.
Nonetheless, the area has retained its flavour with workers of personal firms and the Built-in Coach Manufacturing facility and some slums. Moreover Ayanavaram, a small portion of Anna Nagar can also be a part of the constituency.
Lengthy-time residents be aware that the constituency had a robust presence of the DMK and the Communist Get together of India (Marxist), and the events have gained a minimum of six occasions since 1977. They are saying a number of the primary facilities have improved, together with roads.
Efforts are beneath option to rejuvenate the Villivakkam lake after a few years. Nonetheless, voters count on options to core points, corresponding to water-logging, encroachments alongside New Avadi Highway and the outdated sewer community.
Key candidates have assured the voters of options to civic points.
An educationalist, Mr. Vetriazhagan says he grew up within the constituency. Enhancing the infrastructure, together with higher roads, healthcare amenities and ingesting water provide, is his precedence. “I’ll make efforts to discover a everlasting resolution to flooding, notably in areas like Sidco Nagar. I plan to carry an arts and science faculty and a authorities hospital to the constituency. Authorized efforts can be made to retrieve the portion of a website belonging to the Authorities-aided Singaram Pillay Larger Secondary College that has been offered to industrial institutions,” Mr. Vetriazhagan says. The CPI(M) had staged an agitation, arguing that the sale affected the training of the needy.
Fifth time contestant
Villivakkam is Mr. Prabhakar’s house floor as he’s contesting for the fifth time in the identical constituency. He considers accessibility as his energy.
“I used to be elected as MLA of this constituency in 1980 and 2011. Individuals nonetheless bear in mind me for the works I had performed in my earlier time period, notably in the course of the 2015 floods. I’ll conduct grievance redress camps commonly and construct group halls in all divisions. Piped water provide to all households is certainly one of my guarantees,” he says.
Among the many 21 different contestants are D. Subamangalam of the Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam, Sriharan Bala of Makkal Needhi Maiam and R. Sridhar of Naam Tamilar Katchi.
Visitors congestion stays a significant concern, and residents need the development of the highway over-bridge at degree crossing 1 of the Villivakkam station to be expedited.
Extra play areas
CPI(M) Villivakkam secretary M.R. Mathiazhagan pitches for extra playgrounds and alternate housing for residents of areas liable to flooding like Annai Satya Nagar.
“The Higher Chennai Company should retrieve a dilapidated constructing on East Mada Avenue and construct a group corridor or maternity hospital,” he says.
Changing the outdated sewer community that results in frequent clogging and extra parks are the calls for of the Ayanavaram residents.
V. Baskaran, president, Ayanavaram Exnora, says encroachments are additionally a problem. Poor rubbish disposal typically results in an unhygienic setting.