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Road abutting Chepauk MRTS station in disuse

By P. Oppili

CHENNAI, APRIL 8. Laid to serve an inter-modal facility for users of the Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS), the road abutting the Chepauk railway station is lying in disuse.

The road can be better utilised as Triplicane and Anna Square bus termini, say railway and police officials.

At present, people from the nearby slums use the place as an open toilet and for dumping debris.

Senior police officials point out that the bus stop from Bells Road, Triplicane, can also be shifted to this place. This will help in reducing congestion on Bells Road.

Not endorsing the suggestion of shifting the Anna Square bus terminus to the Chepauk MRTS station, the Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC) officials say a large number of people visit Anna Square and the Marina and the change in the location of the terminus, which is now in front of the Madras University main campus, will cause a lot of hardship for those visiting the beach, as the people have to walk a longer distance to board the buses. Moreover, there are no streetlights on the road which could pose security concerns.

A senior MTC official says the Triplicane terminus could be shifted to the Chepauk station. At present, the buses going to Triplicane pass through Wallajah Road and Kamarajar Salai to enter Pycrofts Road to reach the terminus. In the existing route, they have to wait at two signals — one at the junction of Wallajah Road and Kamarajar Salai and the other at the junction of Kamarajar Salai and Pycrofts Road. This can be avoided and instead, the buses can enter the Chepauk station near the Buckingham Canal bridge on Wallajah Road.

Before changing the route of the buses, a portion of the compound wall along the service road has to be demolished to allow the free movement of buses. Similarly, in front of the Chepauk railway station, the road narrows down which has to be widened, say the officials.

The land under the superstructures belongs to the railways. The Railway officials say that so far no one — either the MTC officials or the police — approached them to use the space for parking the buses. A senior officer said if a proposal were to be made, it would be considered.

MTC proposal

Meanwhile, the MTC has sent a proposal to the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority for constructing a new terminus near the Tiruvanmiyur railway station. The idea of having a terminus was mooted with the increased patronage for the MRTS train services, said the MTC officials.

At present, a temporary bus stop has been created near the new bridge leading to Tiruvanmiyur signal point. Once the terminus is constructed, some of the services from Tiruvanmiyur and from Kovalam, Kelambakkam and Velachery will be operated from the new terminus, add the officials.

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