Most parts of Chennai are elegant, while the sordid northern corner of this city remains buried under coal and industrial dust.
People are tired of the perennial drinking water shortage, of having to suffer bad roads and above all industrial pollution.
The DMK, which holds sway over electors here, and the BJP have fielded debutants T K S Elangovan and Tamizhisai Sounderrajan, respectively, while CPI's candidate is its state secretary D Pandiyan.
Residents complain that promises by candidates in earlier elections to end their water woes, mend bad roads and stop the sea from eating into their land, have just remained on paper and continue to remain issues for this poll.
One of the area's famous landmarks, the Royapuram railway station, built in 1856 and one that marked initiation of rail services in the south, also stands run down and blackened by soot from the industries and coal dust left behind by trucks ferrying the fossil fuel to and from Ennore port.
All the candidates face the same problem: How to make candidates believe in their promises of making the place better?