MGR centenary: Chennai roads choked, HC orders removal of hoardings, AIADMK slams Stalin

MGR centenary: Chennai roads choked, HC orders removal of hoardings, AIADMK slams Stalin

All roads like Anna Salai, GST Road and Kamarajar Salai leading to the Chennai from the south were choked with traffic on Sunday as the AIADMK government celebrated the valedictory of the MGR centenary celebrations.

Schools and college buses were allegedly used to transport AIADMK workers from other districts to the MGR centenary celebration venue at Nandanam in Chennai on Sunday.

According to Section 2(11) of the Motor Vehicles Act, ‘educational institution buses’ should solely be used for the purpose of transporting students and staff of the educational institution in connection with any of its activities.

Places like Perungulathur on GST Road that are not crowded on a Sunday were hit by traffic jams, made worse by AIADMK men squabbling over right of way on the highway.

Old Mahabalipuram Road, Guindy and the Marina were choked as police had designated parking lots in these areas for vehicles from the districts.

Hundreds of vehicles from the southern and western districts brought in thousands of people, mostly men, into the city. Vehicles were found parked in several areas around the meeting venue. Residents in T Nagar, Adyar, Mylapore and southern suburbs had a tough time commuting.

Meanwhile, the Madras High Court Sunday directed removal of all unauthorised banners erected across the city in connection with the valedictory function of the centenary celebrations of ruling AIADMK founder and late chief minister M G Ramachandran hours ahead of the event.

A special bench of Justice S Manikumar and Justice Subramonium Prasad also directed officials to ensure penal action against those who put up the banners in violation of rules.

And the AIADMK Sunday lashed out at DMK over its criticism of for M G Ramachandran’s birth centenary celebrations, saying the amount spent on it was a fraction of that used by DMK for the world Tamil conference when it was in power in 2010.