CHENNAI: People from other Tamil Nadu districts, who have moved to apartments along OMR (Old Mahabalipuram Road), in and around Navalur for office assignments, are struggling to get their Local Resident Passes (LPRs).
Without this, they end up paying a user fee every time they cross the Navalur toll plaza on OMR in their cars.
Tamil Nadu Road Development Corporation (TNRDC), state agency which operates the toll, collects Rs 60 for a roundabout trip from a car.
This means, those living along the road end up paying Rs 1,500 on toll fee every month even when they are eligible for an exemption.
Ve Jeyaprakash, a resident-activist from OMR said that it is a tedious process to change the addresses on passports, Aadhaar cards and driving licences during their short stays. “So, we submit property tax receipts, gas or electricity but TNRDC doesn’t accept them as valid proofs. Instead, they demand non-judicial stamp paper (NJSP) affidavits, which is not practised anywhere else,” he said in his complaint to the corporation’s managing director.
A senior TNRDC official said that it takes only 15 days to make changes in ration cards or Aadhar cards online.
“But even then we were accepting rental agreements, gas bills and vehicle registration certificates as proofs after field verification, which has been affected due to the covid situation,” the official said.