Jaywalking at one of the most crowded and chaotic junctions in the city could come down in the near future.
New pedestrian pathways incorporating safety features will connect Park MRTS station, Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital, Poonamalle High Road and Park Suburban Railway Station that dot either side of the Buckingham Canal.
The Chennai Corporation will begin carrying out ‘structural modifications’ to the civic infrastructure that is at best haphazard now and create a safe network of pathways to improve safety of commuters between these junctions visited by thousands of people daily. The pathways will be laid beneath the existing Stanley viaduct (the flyover in front of Central Station) where there is no police presence.
“Creation of access road, lighting and proper maintenance on the stretch at Park Town will improve pedestrian movement,” an official said. “The modifications will help visitors reach the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital directly from the railway station. This will prevent jaywalking before Central Station,” he added.