Traffic Ramaswamy, a man who has no bollywood or kollywood support, a man who has no million member facebook fan page, a man who has no need to shout 'Jai Hind' or sing patriotic songs to prove his point.
Here is the story of a 75 year old man who has been fighting for Chennai's street rights against thugs and political goons.
Traffic Ramaswamy is a former mill worker, a founder member of Tamil Nadu's Home Guard, and public interest litigator and social activist. Much of his activism relates to regulating traffic in Chennai. Initially, he started unofficially directing traffic at the city's busy Parrys Corner.The local police were pleased with his efforts and provided him with an official identity card. He acquired the nickname, Traffic Ramaswamy after that.
In 2007, Ramaswamy’s PIL made Motor Vehicles Act section 129 enforceable with wearing helmet made compulsory throughout the country. He brought out the dormant rule to the light that motor vehicle sellers’ package should include an helmet also. This gave way to a Government Order (G.O.) that directed RTO to register a vehicle with an helmet, like insurance papers, road tax, pollution check certificates.
If the city’s water bodies like Porur lake is glistening with sheet of water, again it is because of his PIL, the encroached huts and colonies were cleared, and Cooum river in front of MGR university at Maduravoyal is back to its full breadth.
Ramaswamy has single-handedly brought many public interest law suits in the Madras High Court. He was once attacked by his opponents’ lawyers on the steps of the courthouse. In 2002, he was assaulted after he obtained a ban on the use of motorized fish carts, damaging his sight. He also had his office ransacked and papers were stolen; Helped by donations from friends, he continues his fight.
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