Citizen Connect: T Nagar residents oppose shifting of ration shop from Rameswaram Street

The decision to shift a Tamil Nadu Urban Cooperative Society (TUCS) shop on Rameswaram Street in T Nagar to a new locality has triggered protest among residents.
Citizen Connect: T Nagar residents oppose shifting of ration shop from Rameswaram Street
The TUCS shop on Rameswaram Street has been there for almost five decades

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The residents said that the shop has been located it in a convenient spot, serving them for almost half a century now. Hence, they added, the recent decision to shift it to a locality in Kodambakkam was not a well-thought out one. 
Talking to DT Next, TD Ramesh, a long-time resident said, “The shop serves residents from 17 streets in the locality for several decades now. If it is going to be moved out to a new location, it would cause great inconvenience to all of us. The distance is going to be a huge issue. The women who queue outside the shop to buy the essential items are going to bear the brunt of the move.”
The residents said that the shop has been at a safe location, being strategically located for several residents from areas like Ramanujam Street, Rangan Street, Mothilal Street. The decision to shift it near the Kodambakkam Station is worrying, said Rajagopal, another resident. “As such the area is notorious for chain snatching. It is not safe for the women who have to visit these shops,” he said.
He pointed out that in case of repeated visits on some days, when they must go at a different time or a different day for buying items that aren’t available at a given point, the distance becomes a huge constraint. “Most of the residents benefitting are on one side of Usman Road. The shift would mean repeated trips to a whole stretch on the other side of the road—that means a lot of time would be wasted,” he added.
The residents also said that the shop is one of the best functioning outlets in the locality. “We have had no issue with the outlet and all of us enjoy a cordial relationship with the staff. But the proposed shift is worrying us all.”
The residents said that they planned to file a complaint at the Chief Minister’s cell. When DT Next contacted officials concerned, they had no confirmed reports on the shifting of the shop.
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