If there is a sizeable number of family card holders, there must be a ration shop nearby for hassle-free access.
However, some parts of Ward 179 in Taramani and Velacheri lack this facility.
Recently, Annai Indira Nagar Residents Welfare Association wrote to MP J Jayavardhan to build a ration shop in the neighbourhood.
The letter mentioned, “There are 15 different localities housing 10,000 ration card holders at Annai Indira Nagar and residents here have to cross the 100-Feet-Road, Taramani or Velacheri Main Road to reach their respective ration shops.”
The letter also requested the MP to take steps to build a ration shop on a vacant land owned by the government in the locality so that residents can buy their rations easily.
Speaking to this newspaper, a resident said, “As of now, residents from here go as far as Gandhi Salai, Dhandeeswaram and Srinivasa Nagar near Velacheri. From most of the houses, the senior citizens go and get the rations, and they are struggling to walk to the shops. They have to wait under the sun and carry back the heavy bags.”
Residents also complained that some of them even hire autos and pay up to Rs 100 for this, and by the time they get there a huge queue is formed. It is also said residents had a hard time when the Pongal gift was announced by the Government.
Responding to the request, Jayavardhan has assured the residents that he would do the needful, and the Corporation officials are reportedly preparing an estimated budget for the purpose.