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Updated: August 8, 2012 20:55 IST

Chaos and commotion

ARIVU A. S.
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On OMR: Total chaos. Photo: M. Karunakaran
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On OMR: Total chaos. Photo: M. Karunakaran

The misery that is OMR…

I was one of the many who laughed and made jokes about MTC buses and its drivers. After moving to Chennai, I got to experience its bad service. On the OMR however, the cause is not the MTC, but the public.

On the OMR, even if a bus driver wishes to pull up at the bus stop, he cannot. There are no proper bus shelters in the entire stretch, except at the Sholinganallur junction. Even here the only people you will spot are drivers. A handful of people standing away from the stop won’t waste a chance to scream at the driver if he did not stop where they are.

If the driver is a regular on the OMR route — like 21H, 19B, 570 — he knows where the bus stop is, but he can’t stop there due to several reasons; the main one being parked cars. During peak hours, the situation gets worse. One has to wait at the Sholinganallur junction for about 30 to 45 minutes to cross since no one follows any rules, let alone traffic rules.

This is when I begin to feel sorry for the bus drivers. They have to balance work pressure, hectic traffic and daunting passengers. I am sure, no matter what happens, bus drivers in our country can never be polite to passengers under these conditions.

The entire OMR stretch has actually turned into a misery, rather than a matter of pride. Despite all the wonderful companies that dot this expressway, the lack of basic facilities is what stares you in the face. You are left wondering about the millions who want to become a part of this mess each day.

ARIVU A.S.IT Professional

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I need to comment on Passengers, Drivers and Government in this regard.

[1] The government has to build proper bus shelters in each of the bus stop in the entire stretch of OMR.

[2] The passengers need to provide their co-operation by using the rear entrance for getting in and front entrance for getting down.

[3] The drivers have to stop the bus in the right place near the bus shelter.

In short, I can comment that all the above three people have to provide their support and co-ordination to say great administration by GOVT, peaceful life of Drivers and safety journey of Passengers!
Would this be happening in a short period?

from:  Syed M Gowdali
Posted on: Aug 9, 2012 at 16:20 IST

Really Mr. Arivu what you said is correct for this how the govt.can help people is only deploying petrolling police on the OMR road in regular intervals and see the MTC bus stops in the right place and also can advice the people about the safety but these petrolling police should do their duties sincerly and also the auto drivers should be adviced not park near the bus stops by this way I hope some benifit for other driver on this road will benifit

from:  ajerome
Posted on: Aug 9, 2012 at 12:02 IST
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