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Highway Construction at Adyar

Jul 20, 2009 05:18 AM
by MKR

Here is some more info. There are attachments one of which gives an artist's
rendition of the freeway. Since attachments are not permitted on this list,
you will not see it. If anyone is interested, pl email me and I sill forward

MKR aka Messenger

PS: I wish Diana has posted this on theos-talk as well.


----- Original Message ----- *From:* TOS Intl
*Sent:* Monday, June 29, 2009 11:15 AM
*Subject:* Message from Diana DC: our help is needed urgently to protect the
Adyar Estate

 Dear Friends,

The TS Estate at Adyar is under threat of a noisy motorway construction.
Our help is needed.  The President of the TOS in Chennai Region, Mr
Maithreya, explains the situation below.  Did you receive his message
already? Apparently expressions of concern from around the world will
definitely have an impact on the final decision taken regarding the choice
of site for the construction. Maithreya tells us that an alternative site
for the proposed loop is over the river so there *is* a choice, it seems.

Here (attached in Word) is the letter I have just sent to the head of the
Tamilnadu Urban Development Fund.  I based it on the information Maithreya
gives us below.  In my position as international secretary of the TOS, I
chose to emphasise the community service work offered at Adyar, but
Maithreya gives us quite a few approaches to choose amongst.  Your letters
donât have to be as long as mine, of course.  In fact what counts is
apparently not the length of the letters received but the number. I am
attaching a series of much shorter statements drafted by Maithreya and
myself for you to look at.  Feel free to use any of them as the basis for a
brief message.

In order for Maithreya to know how much pressure is being brought to bear on
the government authorities by letters from us, it would be a help if we sent
him a copy of what we write.  His e-mail address is below.  Donât hesitate
to contact him if you have any questions about something you want to say in
your message.

Thank you for your help and my apologies if have already received
Maithreyaâs message and done the necessary.



P.S. One last thing: if you have TS or TOS letterhead to use â or your own
impressive letterhead - use it!  Your letter will naturally have more


*De :* Maithreya CVK [mailto:maithreyacvk at<>]

*Envoyà :* jeudi 25 juin 2009 15:57
*Ã :* Diana Dunningham Chapotin
*Objet :* Proposed Adyar Corridor

Dear Diana,

This is to draw your urgent attention to the matter concerning the possible
acquisition of a portion of the Adyar Estate near the main gate for a road
project.  The details are given below for your suitable and urgent action:-


The Government of Tamilnadu has proposed a three-tier elevated corridor
which will run in concentric circles around and across the city of Chennai.
A portion of this will run over the front part of the Adyar Estate of The
Theosophical Society [a photograph is attached].  The Adyar Poonga Trust
that is driving this project has engaged Wilbur Smith Associates, a
consultancy company to make the plan and make the presentations. Meetings
were held to consult the public, NGOs and experts.  The TS & TOS were
adequately represented. Besides, petitions have been made.  Print and
electronic media were also briefed.  Many reports in leading newspapers like
The Hindu, The Indian Express and The Times of India have highlighted the
pros and cons of this project.  The details of this project can be seen on
the website,  in the section entitled âNotice Boardâ on the
homepage. [This is the website of the Tamilnadu Urban Development Fund.]

The matter needs the urgent attention of the international community of
members and well-wishers of The Theosophical Society.  Petitions have to be
made to the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the TNUDF and
letters have to be written to the Editors of the newspapers.  I have
personally kept the International President informed, and she is aware of
the plan to do this.

*Recommended action*

   1. Letters to Mr. K. Phanindra Reddy I.A.S., the Managing Director and
   Chief Executive Officer of the TNUDF, who is a government official,
   protesting against the move to run the project through the estate and
   petitioning him to look at the alternate of running the loop over the river.
   His e-mail id is mdceo at <>
   2. Letters to the Editors of the above-mentioned newspapers.  The
   Internet provides information on these newspapers.
   3. Articles in the newspapers, highlighting the work of the TS, its
   Social Welfare Centre and the TOS.

*Points to be included in the communication*

   1. The history of the TS and its contribution to the freedom movement in
   India as also its service to the underprivileged through the Olcott School,
   the Social Welfare Centre and the TOS.  It is important to include in this
   the various places of worship on the Adyar Estate and the ones outside,
   where our workmen and other villagers worship, which could be disturbed by
   this project.  The Sri Sankara School too is in the vicinity, and will be
   2. Highlighting the contribution of Col.H.S.Olcott to the cause of
   education for the underprivileged as also the *Swadeshi* cause.
   3. Highlighting the fact that A.O.Hume was the âFather of the Indian
   National Congressâ
   4. Writing about Dr.Annie Besantâs contribution to the Home Rule
   Movement, her work for education and her having been the Chairperson of the
   Indian National Congress.
   5. Drawing the attention of the reader to the fact that the membership of
   the TS included luminaries in India like Gandhiji, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru,
   Justice Subramania Iyer and Dr.Bhagwan Das.
   6. The service provided by the Social Welfare Centre to the
   underprivileged women and children.
   7. The free medical service provided by the Theosophical Order of Service
   to the underprivileged and the various relief, rehabilitation and women
   empowerment projects of the TOS in Tamilnadu.
   8. The valuable work of the main-gate bookshop of the Theosophical
   Publishing House and the various books & translations it sells, including
   the Thirukural of Thiruvalluvar [the most renowned Poet-Saint of Tamilnadu].

We, at Chennai, look forward to the cooperation of members and well-wishers
across the world.

Kind regards.

Yours sincerely,



Madras Theosophical Federation


Theosophical Order of Service, Chennai Region

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