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Chennai to make Tamil signboads compulsory


Meenakshi Mahadevan,CNN-IBN
Apr 29, 2010 at 09:31am IST

Chennai: Chennai Corporation has planned to make it mandatory for all shops to have signboards in Tamil language starting from the month of June.

After Tamil titles for films, Tamil as the official language in courts and gold rings to childen with Tamil names now the corporation wants all shops to have signboards in Tamil.

It was the previous DMK regime which proposed the idea. But it was never been seriously implemented. Now the corporation wants to make Tamil signboards mandatory from June. However shop owners are quite unhappy.

The Corporation also plans to change the names of all roads which are presently in English. The well known thoroughfares like Graems Road and Cathedral Road could soon sport Tamil names.

“The result of this drive would be that the future generation would learn proper and pure Tamil. Instead of saying they are going to coffee shops, they'll use it in proper Tamil language,” said Chennai Mayor M Subramaniam.

Moreover, the idea of using Tamil instead of English is not popular among the youth.

Meanwhile the corporation still plans to press ahead; calling it a boost to Tamil pride or sheer chauvinism!

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