Members of the Southern Railway Mazdoor Union (SRMU), employees of the Golden Rock Central Railway Workshop, and residents of Golden Rock area took out a rally here on Thursday demanding construction of a vehicular underpass across the recently four-laned Tiruchi-Chennai Bypass Road at the G.Corner Junction.

The rally was taken out from the Armoury Gate grounds in Golden Rock to the Collectorate, where the SRMU members and residents staged a demonstration to press their demand. The rallyists, led by S.Veersekharan, Assistant General Secretary, SRMU, presented a petition to the Collector T.Soundiah seeking his intervention in the matter.

The union members said apart from the over 7,000 employees in the Golden Rock Central Railway Workshop, thousands of residents of Golden Rock, Ponmalaipatti, Kottapattu, Melakalkandarkottai, Keezha Kalkandarkottai, Nathamadipatti, Keezhakurichi and Thiru Nagar were using the access road to Golden Rock via the G.Corner junction everyday over the past several decades. The area had several schools and the Railway Divisional Headquarters Hospital. Wagons, locos and other raw material to the Railway Workshop have to be moved via the G.Corner Junction.

The construction of the four-lane highway has effectively denied them direct access from the Chennai By-pass Road. The entire area has become an island without proper access road.

It was unfortunate that the National Highways Authority of India has failed to take into consideration the requirements of the people of the region. Building a vehicular underpass at the G.Corner Junction was an immediate and vital requirement, they said.

They warned of further action including a ‘tool down' protest at the Railway Workshop if their demand was not conceded.