Staff Reporter

5,000 police personnel for Marina, other beaches

Changes in routes of some buses

Modifications made in traffic arrangements

CHENNAI: Around 5,000 police personnel will be deployed along the Marina and other important beaches in the city in view of ‘Kaanum Pongal’ celebrations on Thursday, Commissioner of Police G. Nanchil Kumaran said here on Wednesday.

Speaking to reporters, he said that the police would closely watch movements of those moving around in a suspicious manner, from specially erected watch towers at the Marina beach, which thousands of people are expected to throng on Thursday.

He appealed to the parents to ensure that children and elders were under their direct watch and also take due care of their valuables.

The police will not permit swimming in the sea and any person caught doing so would be “taken to task.” Barricades would be installed near the shoreline and guarded by policemen till Thursday night, he said. In case of emergencies, public can contact the ‘May I Help You’ kiosks or alert mobile patrol policemen who would be on patrol duty, he added.

Traffic police have made certain modifications in the stretches leading to the Marina Beach along the Kamarajar Salai in consultation with Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC) authorities in view of the ‘Kaanum Pongal’. The police said the diversions would be effected as and when the public turnout increased along the Kamarajar Salai.

In order to ease congestion at Anna Square on Kamarajar Salai on Thursday, the MTC has announced changes in the routes of buses plying through the area.

According to a press release from MTC, buses that are usually parked at Anna Square will be parked near the War Memorial on Thursday. Buses that ply from Anna Salai to Anna Square through Bells Road will ply through Wallajah Road to reach Labour Statue on Kamarajar Salai.

On the return trip, the buses would ply from a stop opposite the Labour Statue, proceed towards Madras University and take Adams Road or Flagstaff Road to go to Anna Salai.

In case of congestion, the buses would reach the State Guest House on Wallajah Road, take a right turn to Victoria Hostel Road and ply through Bharathi Road (Pycrofts Road), Bells Road and Wallajah Road before continuing on the usual route.

Buses from Adyar going to Broadway will ply via Adams Road or Flagstaff Road. In the event of congestion, the buses, upon reaching Kannagi Statue, will take a left to ply through Bharathi Road, Bells Road, Wallajah Road, Anna Salai, Pallavan Salai, and reach Chennai Central Railway Station before continuing on the usual route.

Similarly, buses from Broadway to Adyar will take Muthuswamy Road, Anna Salai, Wallajah Road, Bells Road, reach Kannagi Statue on Kamarajar Salai and proceed on the usual route.

In case of congestion, the buses will take Anna Salai, Triplicane High Road, Natesan Road, Radhakrishnan Salai, reach Gandhi statue and continue on the usual route.

Buses from Broadway to Anna Square will ply through the subway near the Reserve Bank of India and drop off commuters at the War Memorial.

On the return trip, they will ply through Flagstaff Road, Anna Salai and Pallavan Salai before taking the usual route.

The MTC has also arranged special services to the Trade Fair at Island Grounds, Gandhi Mandapam, VGP, Muttukadu, Kovalam, MGM, Mahabalipuram, Vandalur Zoo and Kishkinta on Thursday, the release added.