Express press service
CHENNAI: DMK’s TM Thaniyarasu, who was recently credited with helping to save at least 60 residents from a building collapse in Thiruvottiyur, won Ward 10 of Thiruvottiyur in city local body elections whose results were announced on Tuesday.
Although the collapsed Tamil Nadu Urban Habitat Development Board building is in Ward 9, news of his timely act has traveled to their neighbors who hope Thaniyarasu will serve them as well. He was elected ward councilor three times before when Thiruvottiyur was a municipality.
“Residents here call me for almost anything, including accidents or power outages that are outside the jurisdiction of the ward councilor. But I go for anything. My cell phone is always ringing, at all hours day or night,” he said. .
“I have worked in the field for many years and the locals know that if they need me I will be there,” he added.
In January this year, residents of the Urban Housing Development Board buildings had called him to inspect the cracks in their building. Even before officials could, Thaniyarasu asked residents to leave the building immediately.. He collapsed less than five minutes later.
He has been in the party for over 20 years now.
Now that he is a councillor, his main objective is to combat irregularities in garbage collection and to improve drinking water infrastructures. He also wants to improve facilities in Komala Nagar where a large number of residents raise cattle for milk.
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“They need facilities to house and care for their livestock,” he said.