Mylapore MLA Dha. Velu of the DMK party made his maiden speech in the Tamil Nadu Assembly last week; these sessions are being held at Kalaivanar Arangham now to suit pandemic-time regulations instead of sessions at the premises in Fort St George.
Topping his presentation, Velu says he highlighted issues around redevelopment of Slum Board tenements, now renamed Urban Habitats, saying that though these tenements are many across Mylapore zone, there is a need for the Board and for residents here to dialogue and develop projects that best suit local needs.
Velu also touched on the need to develop and manage what he calls a Temples Circuit here since there are many well known temples in Mylapore.
He says he mentioned the unreasonable rentals fixed by the HR&CE Department (on properties it owns ) in recent years which could not be met by the tenants and wanted the rentals revised.
Velu also suggested that people must be given access to the Tholkappiya Poonga ( Adyar Poonga) for morning walks and that the Poonga be well-maintained.
He says he highlighted the need to resolve the issue of granting patta to people who have been living on plots of lands for a few generations and have not got a patta.
He also asked the government to part with properties of Chennai Corporation near the Ambedkar bridge, so that redevelopment of slums could be undertaken in a larger area there.