Under the scheme, the Chennai mayor will visit each of the 15 zones in the city every 15 days to meet residents, and receive petitions related to any civic issues in their respective zones.
Chennai Mayor R Priya Wednesday inaugurated the ‘Makkalai Thedi Mayor’ initiative that was promised during the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCP)’s Budget Session for the financial year 2023-24.
Under the scheme, the mayor will visit each of the 15 zones in the city every 15 days to meet residents, and receive petitions related to any civic issues in their respective zones.
On Wednesday, the scheme was initiated at Royapuram (Zone 5) in GCP’s Zonal Office in the presence of Tamil Nadu Minister for Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department (HR and CE) P K Sekar Babu. Royapuram MLA iDream R Murthy, Deputy Mayor R Mahesh Kumar, and other officials were also present during the event.
On the inaugural day, the mayor received 401 petitions regarding the betterment of roads, buildings in schools, upgradation of community halls, storm-water drains, residential facilities, and other issues like birth and death certificates, etc.
As per the data issued by the civic body, the mayor took up as many as 53 of those petitions related to birth and death certificates as well as one on property tax. Priya also assured that the rest of the petitions would be soon looked into by respective departments.
Minister Murthy and the mayor also distributed welfare assistance to the beneficiaries, which includes providing nutritious food packages to 17 pregnant women, a solatium of Rs 10000 to 10 people under the Chief Minister’s Accident Relief Fund, Rs 12,000 old age and widow pensions to five, and provided legal heir and Scheduled Caste certificates, etc to others.