Saraswathi Colony 2nd Street in Nerkundram has been a happy hunting ground for such cars in the past. When a circular was sent out by the officials at the Greater Chennai Corporation early this year saying abandoned and damaged cars would be seized, the residents thought that the menace would end. However, almost nine months after the circular was sent out, cars are still being spotted on the road and police complaints, too, have been failed to yield results, said Naveen Kumar Satya, a resident.
“Some of the vehicles are stationed at the spot for many days and sometimes these vehicles have no number plates, raising suspicion amid us. The owners of vacant lands that are being used to abandon the vehicles had lodged a complaint and one of the vehicles was seized. But the problem cropped up again,” he added.
The resident welfare association, too, took up the issue and the circular was sent around and there was a brief relief after that. Residents said some of the cars are damaged and some don’t have number plates. “The cars are never taken out of the locality. They are kept on the road or vacant land, against the rules,” Naveen added.
Narasimhan, owner of a vacant plot, said that he fear if the land is being misused by those involved in illegal activities.
While the residents claimed that the issue has remained for more than a year, authorities from Zone 11 (Valasaravakkam) said that they have so far removed 12 such cars from the zone. “We will pay another visit to the locality to get into the bottom of the problem,” said the official. When the drive began early this year, the extended areas of Corporation like Manali, Ambattur, Alandur, Sholinganallur and Valasaravakkam were said to have the maximum numbers of such cars — at least 30 each.
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