A railway level-crossing near Mint Bridge that remains the only entry and exit for residents of over 6,000 households is likely to be replaced by a subway soon.

The construction of the subway would take off after the Chennai Metrowater work for providing drinking water supply to the residents is finalised.

The Railways has sanctioned the subway that would ensure free movement of people of Bojaraja Nagar, Srinivasapuram and Mint Modern City.

“The residential locality is separated from other parts of the city by three railway lines that surround the localities. During an emergency, movement of people from the locality is hindered by the railway lines,” said M.K.Babusundaram, corporation councillor of ward 13.

“Following our request, the Railways had agreed to the construction of the subway. But we are waiting for the Chennai Metrowater to finalise the drinking water supply scheme for the locality,” he added.

The subway has been designed to replace the level-crossing no.11A between Washermenpet and Korukkupet stations.

A resident of Bojaraja Nagar, N. Idhaya Kumar, said that many accident victims had succumbed to injuries because of delay in crossing the level-crossing.

Papamma, another resident, said that the level-crossing was a cause of concern for women during an emergency. “Many pregnant women have suffered on account of the level-crossing. The subway will be a boon,” she added.


Aloysius Xavier LopezJune 28, 2012

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