‘Traffic’ Ramaswamy, the man who fought for people’s rights, passes away in Chennai

KR Ramaswamy had filed over 500 PILs over a span of over twenty years, and has been answerable for quite a lot of adjustments in Tamil Nadu.

Within the 1990s, he stood hours in visitors, regulating visitors in arterial areas of Chennai metropolis. This earned KR Ramaswamy the moniker ‘Site visitors’. An activist who began regulating visitors, quickly moved his battles to the court- submitting tons of of public curiosity litigations— and have become a family title. Nevertheless, on Could 4, Site visitors Ramaswamy, the person who fought relentlessly for the rights of individuals, handed away in Chennai. 

The 87-year-old was admitted to Rajiv Gandhi Authorities Normal Hospital a number of days in the past. The hospital stated that he had examined detrimental for coronavirus however was getting handled for lung points. 

It was his activism that led to main adjustments within the infrastructure and administration in Tamil Nadu — from regularisation of motorised fish carts, to decongestion of visitors, holding the federal government accountable for its spending. 

Ramaswamy was a founding member of the Dwelling Guards in Chennai and was usually seen regulating visitors in arterial and traffic-hit areas within the metropolis.  It was, nevertheless, in 1992 that the prefix to his title “Site visitors” got here. Since then, the title in some way caught on.

KR Ramaswamy was well-known for his common visits to courts. In his lifetime, he had filed over 500 public curiosity litigations (PILs) over the span of over twenty years, and has been answerable for quite a lot of adjustments in Tamil Nadu. His first PIL was In 1998, when he challenged the state authorities’s choice to assemble a flyover on the NSC Bose highway close to the Madras Excessive Courtroom. In 2002, he filed a PIL in opposition to motorized three wheeler make-shift auto-rickshaws that had been used for promoting fish.

KR Ramasamy was born on April 1, 1934 to an agricultural household and his first 18 years had been spent in serving to his household in agriculture. On the age of 18, he began working as a helper to then Chief Minister of Madras, C Rajagopalachari, a person whom Ramaswamy had stated he thought-about a job mannequin. “Rajaji taught me to all the time query the flawed. He additionally instructed me that I ought to all the time hearken to those that criticise me. We could discover our errors by them, he had instructed me. I’ve since then adopted his recommendation,” Ramaswamy had instructed TNM in 2014. 

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