Residents of Mudichur, a locality badly hit by the floods in 2015 and now, the cyclone, are still waiting for necessities. Kasim Basith, a social worker from Mudichur, said the role of a councillor is important, especially in crunch situations like these. “The councillors are the link between the people and the government. Without a councillor, who will represent the people and their problems to the government?” he queried. Many resident welfare associations across the city concede that their councillors have not been particularly proactive. Syed Hassan, Secretary of the Korattur Welfare Association, said the residents were directly coordinating with officials of various government departments to fix civic issues. “We had rarely seen our councillor even during his term,” he added.