Here is a list of railway stations that seem light years away from the nearest bus stops. Integration is needed to raise patronage, say LIFFY THOMAS and T. MADHAVAN
T. Vincent cannot imagine life without his two-wheeler. The advocate travels regularly from MRTS Perungudi to Chennai Beach on work. Getting to the station from his home was a tiring affair until he began to use his two-wheeler.
“The bus stop is more than a kilometre away and I cannot depend on autorickshaws everyday,” says the resident of Gangai Nagar, Velachery.
Real estate prospects
It has been six years since the MRTS stretch was extended from Thirumayilai to Velachery, raising the profile of areas such as Taramani, Perungudi and Velachery, but the problem of poor inter-modal transport has been left unaddressed.
Same is the case with some stations on the Chennai Beach-Tambaram stretch. Over a decade ago, the promise of extension of MRTS (Phase II) and the prospect of a real estate boom were the main reasons why many people invested in areas along this line. MRTS Perungudi is not an isolated case.
Opening of the Indira Nagar Bridge has eased traffic flow to some extent, but commuters dependent on public transport have been left in the lurch.
The closest bus stop, Adyar bus depot, is over 2 km away.
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