Traffic Ramasamy passes away in Chennai

Traffic Ramaswamy, the man who fought untiringly for the rights of people, passed away in Chennai on Tuesday.

He was admitted to Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital a few days ago. The hospital said, according to reports, that he had tested negative for coronavirus but was getting treated for lung issues.

The 87-year-old activist whose staunch efforts in filing Public Interest Litigations(PIL) were the foundation for umpteen regulations in the state. K. R. Ramaswamy who was born on April 1, 1934, was often referred to by the media as Traffic Ramaswamy because his activism mainly relied on traffic regulation.

Ramaswamy was a founding member of the Home Guards in Chennai and was often seen regulating traffic in arterial and traffic-hit areas in the city. He has brought many public interest lawsuits in the Madras High Court as well as the Supreme Court of India.

His activism has resulted in the demolition of many illegally constructed buildings in Chennai, restrictions on motorised fish carts, de-congestion of major bus routes by banning auto-rickshaws from them. In his lifetime, he had filed over 500 PILs over the span of over two decades and has been responsible for a number of changes in Tamil Nadu. A biopic titled Traffic Ramasamy on the life of Traffic Ramaswamy was made in 2018 that was directed by debutant Vicky and director S. A. Chandrasekhar had done the lead role.

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