R. Srikanth

Link road project plagued by delay for a long time

CHENNAI: For several years now, residents of west Velachery have been demanding a road that links their locality with east Velachery. But their wish is yet to be fulfilled.

With the Mass Rapid Transit System becoming functional in Velachery, the west Velachery residents’ demand for a link road has grown stronger. Residents of east Velachery have adequate bus facilities to various places in the city but there is only one service (route no: M9) operated from AGS Colony to T. Nagar, for the residents of west Velachery, comprising AGS Colony, Bhuvaneshwari Nagar, Mohanapuri, Mahalakshmi Nagar and Brindavan Nagar.

Narrow roads

R. Ganesan, a resident of Mohanapuri, said west Velachery has a population of more than a lakh, but only one bus service was operated. Whenever the residents urge the Metropolitan Transport Corporation to operate more buses from west Velachery, the MTC officials reply that roads in the area are narrow.

Residents in west Velachery either need to have their own mode of transport or engage private vans to reach their workplaces. However, most private vans are operated only on a few routes to Anna Salai and Nungambakkam.

Kumar, whose office is located at Porur, struggles to reach his office everyday. He has to take two buses to reach his office and the trip takes more than an hour.

With the residents facing inadequate bus services, the only option left for the people is to opt for autorickshaws. R. Saroja, a resident of Andal Nagar, said the auto drivers, taking advantage of the lack of bus services, charge around Rs. 50 for a three-km ride to Vijaya Nagar Bus Terminus.

However, a proposal by the Chennai Corporation to establish a link road from the Velachery Bypass via M.G.R. Nagar Main Road has been hit by delay in land acquisition. A Corporation official said a small portion of land had to be acquired and once the land acquisition was completed, a link road could be established. Meanwhile, the residents appeal to the State Government to operate share autos from west Velachery to the Vijaya Nagar Bus Terminus.

S. Kumararaja, secretary, Federation of Velachery Residents’ Welfare Association, said a wide road can be formed on the bund along the south side of the Velachery Lake by removing encroachments.