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Aerial view:The Inner Ring Road that connects Velachery and Vanuvampet.Photo: ABRAHAM RICHARD
Aerial view:The Inner Ring Road that connects Velachery and Vanuvampet.Photo: ABRAHAM RICHARD

With the Inner Ring Road almost ready along Vanavampet Junction, residents from Nanganallur, Adambakkam and adjacent areas use the road to reach the Velachery MRTS Station to commute to various parts of the city. But they lament that lack of bus or share-auto facility from Vanuvampet to Velachery MRTS Station makes them spend on autos or depend on others to get dropped at the station.

They feel that an interim transportation facility to reach Velachery MRTS would be of great help.

No public transport

The stretch is already being used by two wheelers and four-wheelers. But those who depend on public transportation, (in the lack of it here) find it difficult to use the MRTS facility, which is only four kilometres away.

Rama Rao, secretary, Lakshmi Nagar Residents' Civic Welfare Association, Nanganallur, says that a temporary bus service to the station, till Vanuvampet MRTS Station gets ready, will benefit the residents.

He points out that there could be more takers for MRTS from this pocket of suburb if such a facility is made available.

Sangeetha Sivakumar, Nanganallur, says that even if share-autos ply to station, many residents will opt for MRTS, adding that people who commute to areas such as Mylapore, Triplicane take a detour via Guindy.

Mary of Adambakkam says that she goes to Taramani for work by taking a bus from Saidapet, a journey of 45 minutes. “If I use MRTS, I can reach Taramani from Velachery in less than 15 minutes.”

Sans lighting

A few residents point out to the absence of sufficient street lights on the Inner Ring Road up to Puzhuthivakkam, which prevent women passengers taking MRTS from using this stretch in the evening.

Making the most out of the situation are the autorickshaw drivers, who fleece the passengers by charging Rs. 100 from Velachery MRTS to Vanuvampet Church (4km stretch).

According to Babu, share-auto driver, there are not many takers for share-autos to Velachery MRTS.

But residents say that if share-autos display boards mentioning destination, identification would be easy.

Mr. Ramarao points out to the lack of bus facility from Nanganallur to many parts of the city. “Since the Government began talks on mini-buses, we have been appealing at various levels for the facility in our area. But it has remained a dream for us,” he says.

He adds that the Association has made representation to MLA Panruti S. Ramachandran to provide bus facility from Nanganallur to various parts of the city including a service to Velachery MRTS.

There is none between Velachery MRTS Station and Vanuvampet.

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