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Sunday, May 1, 2022

In Madipakkam, Chennai 12000SFT of road goes missing ! the Athipatti village way !!!

Remember Áthipatti’village ?   

There is a village in Aruppukottai in Virudhunagar by this name.   A slight variant Áthipattu’exists in Thiruvalluvar district having a Railway station too.   Maravan Atapattu played 90 Tests for Sri Lanka, scoring 5502 runs with 16 tons; in ODIs – in 268 he made 8529 runs and he played two T20s too. He had a forgettable debut in Nov 1990 at Chandigarh out for duck in both innings;  his next chance came in Aug 1992 at Colombo against  Australia-  he made 0 & 1;  in Feb 1994 at Ahmedabad, he bagged a pair again.  After that he next played  in 1997 at Dunedin, where he made 25 & 22 and back home in Apr 97 at Colombo, he made another duck and 25.

A district collector, a judge, and a police official are all kidnapped in broad daylight ~the kidnapper tries to avenge the society for the death of his kin.  It is the storyline of  Ajith starrer  Çitizen’released in 2001 and ran packed houses.  Vasundharadass was the heroine.  The fictional coastal fishing hamlet Áthipatti’goes missing and its close to 700 odd inhabitants all killed, decades back – surprisingly, the village disappears from the official gazette and maps.  Ajit, the father and the son lived there.  The son tries to take revenge of all the officials who were involved in that mass massacre.

If you ever thought that it was totally filmy stuff, here is something that occurred in the city suburb of Madipakkam and reported in Times of India titled ‘Road disappears from corpn map’:

Land Sharks Grab 12,000 Sqft Of 30-Foot-Wide Madipakkam Thoroughfare !

Were it not for the fact it involves Corporation of Chennai, a civic body singularly lacking in mind, this case would have been worthy of an investigation by Sherlock Holmes.

A 30-foot-wide road in Madipakkam has mysteriously vanished from the corporation's map and its officials vehemently deny that it ever existed. It's another matter that residents of the locality say whatever's left of the road, most of which has been encroached upon by land sharks, is still in use or that maps of Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority clearly mark the road. Residents say some individuals encroached upon Twelfth Street, in Karthikeya Nagar, Madipakkam, and constructed concrete structures right on the carriageway . According to a complaint by social activist M Mahentheran, these individuals have grabbed at least 12,000sqft of the road, now worth crores of rupees, after the corporation took over the locality during its expansion in 2011.

A reply by Corporation of Chennai zonal officer (Zone 14) in response to an RTI query by Madipakkam resident Madhan Mohan proved to be flabbergasting for the petitioner and his neighbours. No such road exists or is marked on our maps, the official said in his reply, citing the Sholinganallur tahsildar.

“He said the corporation has no role to play in connection with the road or encroached land and that if any body is responsible, the revenue department major role in it,“ Madhan Mohan quoted the official as saying. He said the Chitlapakkam block development officer (BDO) maintained the road till its transfer to Zone 14 of Corporation of Chennai in 2011, when the civic body annexed the locality . “We were responsible for maintenance of the road till 2011. As of now, its maintenance and further development is the corporation's job.“

Mahentheran had been fighting to retrieve the land from encroachers since 2009.“It's a tough job,“ he said.“Revenue officials are hand in glove with the land sharks. Madipakkam resident S Balaji has filed a civil suit in an Alandur court regarding the encroachments, but the case is still pending in court.

Strange are the ways of people

With regards – S. Sampathkumar
6th Apr 2015

Source : Times of India, Chennai edition :

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