Constituency round-up: Maduravoyal wants new MLA to look into unfinished projects, ration scams


Ramapuram Lake. Pic: S Raja

Once a village on the outskirts of Chennai, Maduravoyal is now at the centre of attention of political leaders, and clearly on the path to greater commercial development. Yet several infrastructural gaps and project delays bother resident voters, who hope that the new elected government will be able to resolve some of these.

Maduravoyal assembly constituency consists of Ayapakkam, Nolambur, Karambakkam, Vanagaram, Ramapuram, Valasaravakkam, Porur, Nerkundram and a few wards of Mogappair and Ambattur. With the country’s largest mofussil bus terminus (at Koyambedu), a large freshwater resource (Porur lake) and an industrial estate that is almost an entire locality in itself (Ambattur), the entire region is considered to hold great potential for industrial and real estate growth. 

Representative image

A foundation stone was laid in November 2009 by the then PM, Dr. Manmohan Singh for construction of the longest elevated corridor project of the country, spanning a total length of 19 kilometres from Chennai port to Maduravoyal. In recent developments, the city’s metro rail headquarters have been established in this constituency for the elevated Green and Inter Corridor lines at Koyambedu station. 

Students, daily wagers and agricultural labourers comprise a large section of the populace here.  Also, with three notable shopping plazas and giant technology hubs within close reach, business people as well as employees of the IT sector too make up a part of the constituents.

Voter base (2016)

  • Total number of voters: 247873 (excluding postal votes)
  • Male Voters: 129033
  • Female voters: 118835
  • Third gender: 5
  • Polling percentage: 61.84%

2016 election results

PartyCandidateVotes acquiredPercentage of votes polled
(as per ECI website)
AIADMKP. Benjamin99,73940.12
INCR. Rajesh91,33736.74
CPI(M)G. Beem Rao19,6127.89
PMKSrinivasan N V17,3286.97
NOTANone of the above (NOTA)6,6552.68
Source : ECI

Incumbent MLA

  • Name: P Benjamin (AIADMK). P Benjamin is also the Minister for rural industries in Tamil Nadu.
  • Party: AIADMK
  • Age: 46
  • Name Enrolled as Voter in: Mathuravoil (Tamil Nadu) constituency , at Serial no 307 in Part no 45
  • Contact Number: 9884995440
  • No criminal cases
  • Promises made: Not available

Source: MynetaInfo

In the news

Maduravoyal MLA P Benjamin was recently quotes in a news report, where he said that the constituency will be benefiting from a slew of developmental projects. “Projects worth Rs 1000 crore have been executed through the Greater Chennai Corporation,” he said.

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Know your candidates this time

S. NoNamePartyAgeEducation/OccupationCriminal Cases
1Ganapathy KDMK618th standard/ Real estate agentNone
2Benjamin PAIADMK51BA /AgricultaristNone
3Padmapriya SMakkal Needhi Maiam25M.Sc/BusinesswomanNone
4Shanmugam KTamil Nadu Illangyar Katchi34Bcom/ BusinessmanNone
5Priya KIndependent41Class ten/ housewifeNone
6Arunkumar AIndependent39B.Sc LLB/ LawyerNone
7Abarajithan RIndependent53MA BL/ LawyerNone
8Amalraj SIndependent38Class nine / BusinessNone
9Ravi C VIndependent43DEEE/Bank employeeNone
10Nevis Stella Mary BAnaithu Makkal Arasiyal Katchi37M.Sc/ BeauticianNone
11Lavanya PNationalist Congress Party34PGDCA/ homemakerNone
12Benjamin Mosses SIndependent33M.Sc/ Salaried employeeNone
13Sumitra RBahujan Dravida Party4112th class/ TypistNone
14Ganapathy R Independent435th standard/ Salaried employeeNone
15Murugan DIndependent468th standard/ DriverNone
16Lucky Murugan EAMMK41B.Sc/ BusinessmanNone
17Selvakumar VIndependent479th standard/ DriverNone
18Shanthakumar YBahujan Samaj party3610th standard/ BusinessNone
19Ganeshkumar GNaam Tamilar Katchi35MTech / civil engineerNone
20Muthuraman SAnna MGR Dravida Makkal Kazhagam52Nil/labourerNone
Source: ECI. To know more about the candidates, check their affidavits here.

Key issues

The first image that flashes across the minds of residents or regular commuters, when they hear the name Maduravoyal, is a series of stout pillars at intervals, over a stretch of almost 3 kilometres on Poonamallee High Road for the Maduravoyal – Chennai Port elevated expressway, which has been a long time in the making and is expected to be completed by 2024.

Less frequently mentioned but persistent problems are potholed roads and water stagnation, resulting in hygiene issues with many residents falling sick during the monsoons. 

A few other key issues within the constituency that need mention are:

  • Despite the functional flyover at Porur junction, which offers connectivity to neighbourhood areas, the traffic here could still get jammed for hours, especially during peak hours, causing great inconvenience. “Thanks to the IT corridor and metro rail works, it is one of the most congested roads of the city. There is a need to take strict measures to regulate vehicular movement,” said S J Janardhan, President of Porur People RWA .
  • The sewage network in Karambakkam lies unfinished for a few years now, alongside incomplete drainage work, both of which need to be addressed.
  • Replacement of causeways with bridges across the Cooum River in Porur is much needed, primarily to prevent the dumping and release of sewage by tankers.
  • There is a demand to desilt and restore Porur lake and strengthen of bunds, but these are yet to come under the spotlight.
  • Valsaravakkam residents are irked about scams in ration shops. They have often been charged for the rations they did not buy. “Using the database of the cardholders, shopkeepers created fake cards years ago. Just the number on the smart card was enough to make the counterfeit card,” Senthil Murugan, a Valasaravakkam resident said, adding that the MLA should look into this issue deeply. 
  • With works going on between Golden George Salai and Madha Kovil to connect a canal of Mogappair estate with Nolambur canal, the junction, with half-constructed roads, has become an accident prone zone. The road, only enough to accommodate two wheelers, is now also used by heavy vehicles. “Overspeeding by motorists is common, causing many accidents,” a florist said. “During peak hours, the stretch is jam-packed with vehicles, leaving no space for pedestrians,” said another shopkeeper.

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