A few months ago, motorists headed to West Mambalam would have dreaded the thought of the drive.
On Monday evening, the second arm of Rangarajapuram flyover was inaugurated, and this is expected to provide relief to thousands of motorists. “I have used the flyover only once. It used to take at least 20 minutes to reach Kodambakkam bridge from Panagal Park but now the journey is shorter,” said S. Muthukrishnan, who goes to a gym in West Mambalam from T. Nagar.
Unlike the first arm of the flyover which ends near the Kodambakkam railway station, the second arm ends at Subramania Nagar, a comparatively quiet neighbourhood in the locality.
“By the time I reached my house in West Mambalam I used to be drenched in sweat. Now, from my office at Nandanam, I have started going through Raghaviah Road and the stretch of the flyover through Bazullah Road to get home,” said Uma Maheswhari, a motorist.
Anand Laxman, president, Habibullah Road Sharma Park Walkers Exnora, said the flyover is a blessing for motorists going to Vadapalani, Virugambakkam, K.K. Nagar and West Mambalam. “People coming from Mount Road can reach places like West Mambalam without any problem,” he said.
Surendhranath, assistant commissioner of police, T. Nagar traffic enforcement, said it would be a while before motorists begin using the flyover.
“But when they start, traffic congestion especially during the festivals will ease. The new arm of the flyover will surely be a boon to motorists,” he said.