For Mylapore MLA Dha Velu, it was all about fire fighting in the face of the monsoon this past week.
The DMK member was all over the place – Marina, Luz, Mylapore and Mandaveli – and he and his team was only overseeing issues that have recurred time and again.
The MLA has witnessed the mess rains create in P S Sivaswami Salai zone in the past. But he has not been able to get the GCC or the state to seriously address this serious issue that is bound to recur in this area year after year.
So this past week, residents of this area were very disappointed when. the MLA responded late; more so after people had staged a protest on R H Road. Velu being aware of this serious issue was expected to do more, said residents.
He finally got help from the disaster mission team which brought boats, power motors and lorries and set in motion water draining.
Mylaporeans say that a local help network set up by the MLA weeks before the monsoon season would have been very useful – getting across to MLA was a challenge as lines were busy or dead as power was cut.