Velachery constituency consists of West Adyar, Tharamani, Sastri Nagar, Indra Nagar, Besant Nagar, Thiruvanmiyur and Velachery localities. The entire area has excellent connectivity to all corners of the city, but suffers from traffic congestion and flooding issues during monsoons.
The constituency is also home to a part of the city’s famed IT expressway with almost 70 offices in 20 buildings. The demographic is a mix of upper middle class and middle class residents. There is a sizable migrant population due to the availability of employment in the construction and IT industries that dominate the area.
Votes cast (2016)
- Total number of voters : 174908 (excluding postal votes)
- Male voters : 88433
- Female voters : 86475
- Third gender : 0
- Polling percentage : 58.36
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2016 Election Results
|Party||Candidate||Votes acquired||Percentage of votes cast|
(As per ECI website)
|DMDK||V N Rajan||9,654||5.50|
MLA Profile 2016
- Name: Vagai Chandrasekar
- Party: DMK (Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam)
- S/o: SIVANKAALAI
- Age: 59
- Contact Number: 9003219505
- Criminal cases: None
- Margin of victory: 8872 votes
- Reducing flooding, building stormwater drains
- Widening Tharamani link road
- Building three flyovers to ease congestion
- Beautification of Velachery lake
- Rooftop solar connections across the constituency
Source: The Times of India
In the news
- Velachery MLA Vagai Chandrasekhar urged the government to reopen the Krishna gate of IIT campus. Due of its closure, students of Kendriya Vidyalaya and Vanavani schools within campus had been affected. He added that these lands were acquired in 1964 from the Adi Dravidar community and urged the authorities to respect their feelings by providing easy passage to the members of the community who live in the vicinity.
- A TUCS ration shop was constructed by the MLA using funds from his MLA Area Development Scheme. The new building was constructed after demands from the residents, as the older building where the shop had been functioning, had issues of sewage seepage and lack of space.
- MLA Chandrasekar was also part of a protest held by the DMK outside rations shops across the state demanding proper supply of essential commodities.
- MLA Chandrasekar was also detained while protesting outside the Raj Bhavan, demanding recall of Governor Banwarilal Purohit.
Know your candidates
A list of all the candidates and their basic information, contesting on various tickets for Velachery.
Incumbent MLA Vagai Chandrasekar of DMK did not get a shot at re-election as the DMK allocated the Velachery seat to its ally the Indian National Congress. Congress has fielded JMH Aasaan Maulaana, with M K Ashok of the AIADMK and Dr Santhosh Babu of MNM being the other key contestants.
|S.no||Name||Party||Age||Occupation||No. of criminal Cases|
|1||V.L.REVATHI JAYAKUMARI||Tamil Nadu Ilangyar Katchi||50||Business/ BA||Nil|
|3||J.VICTOR PAUL||Republican Party of India (Athawale)||40||Driver/ Class 10||Nil|
|4||M.VIGNESH||Independent||29||Transport Business/ B.A||Nil|
|6||JMH.AASSAN MAULAANA||Indian National Congress||36||Business/ MBA||Nil|
|7||S.GOKUL||Independent||31||Real Estate/ B.Com||Nil|
|8||A.TAMIL AZHAGAN||Independent||32||Labourer/ Class 10||Nil|
|9||S.JOTHI KANNAN||Independent||32||Business/ Class 10||2 pending cases, 0 convictions|
|10||Dr. SANTHOSH BABU||Makkal Needhi Maiam||53||Teacher/MPM||Nil|
|11||D VENKATESHAN||Anaithu Makkal Arasiyal Katchi||41||Cable Operator/ B.Com||Nil|
|12||MURALI BALAJI||Independent||29||Business Consultant/ MBA||Nil|
|13||V.HARIHARAN||Independent||32||Builder/ Class 10||Nil|
|14||M KEERTHANA||Naam Tamilar Katchi||28||House Wife/ B.Tech||Nil|
|17||A.CHANDRAN||Independent||61||Real estate/ Class 10||Nil|
|18||M.CHANDRABOSE||Amma Makkal Munnettra Kazagam||61||Business/ MA||Nil|
|19||R.KANCHANA||Tamizhaga Murpokku Makkal Katchi||45||Cook/ M.Com||Nil|
|20||GEETHA||New Generation People’s Party||48||Beautician/ Class 9||Nil|
|23||C.VELU||Bahujan Samaj Party||31||Nil|
Source : ECI. To know more about the candidates, check their affidavits here.
- The inordinate delay in completion of the Velachery flyover has resulted in people going via Medavakkam, taking a circuitous route. The work has also worsened the quality of the road. “People have to ride through pothole-filled roads amid never-ending traffic,” said Sukumaran V, a motorist.
- Water stagnation is another serious issue. Localities built on a water body see frequent clogging during the rainy season. “The Government needs to desilt, deepen and widen the existing storm water drains to make the water flow and drain into Veerangal Odai directly,” said Geeta Ganesh, Secretary of AGS Colony Welfare association.
- Roads are not milled before relaying, leading to poor quality overall. Across the constituency, roads were laid a few months ago, in the run up to the elections. However, as they were not milled, the height of the road has increased. “The lack of a proper plan and design for these roads has been one of the reasons behind flooding. As the height of the roads increased, houses that were constructed decades ago were no longer at the level of the roads, but at a sunken level. Due to this, water enters these houses, even after a brief spell of rain,” said Gowri Shankar, a resident.
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- A beach at Fourth Seaward Road in the Thiruvanmiyur area needs to be remodeled, to keep a check on miscreants. This includes replacement of vandalised street lights and more seating arrangements. Residents also request the opening of Sivagamipuram park which has been closed for unspecified reasons. A few locals said cleaning and maintenance works were carried out, it was open for two weeks to visitors and again closed without any notice.
- Residents of Adyar have raised complaints about increasing chain snatching events. Further, senior citizens and women fear stepping out during evening hours, scared for their own safety.