Staff Reporter

North Chennai lacks reliable public transport facilities: forum

Human chain planned on Monday to press for the demand

“North Chennai being left out of all development projects”

CHENNAI: Members of North Chennai People’s Rights Forum, a voluntary organisation, have demanded that the corridor of the Metro Rail project in Chennai begin from Thiruvottriyur instead of Washermenpet.

Addressing press persons here on Saturday, convener of the forum S. Jayachandran said that in 2004, there were plans to bring the Metro Rail to Thiruvottriyur. But, the idea was dropped later. He said that a human chain would be formed from Ennore to Mint Bridge on Monday to press for this demand.

North Chennai does not have reliable public transport facilities and dependence on share autorickshaws had grown over the years, he said. “We need the Metro Rail project very badly.”

Other forum members expressed dismay over north Chennai being left out of all development projects.

“Some years ago, a major bus stand was shifted from Broadway to Koyambedu. Now, new bus services are being introduced only in the IT corridor. North Chennai has a huge demand for better transport facilities, but is being ignored,” said A.V.S. Marimuthu, another member.

The forum members said they had sent representations to the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and the chairman of Chennai Metro Rail Limited, the special purpose vehicle implementing the project. They are yet to receive a favourable response.

CMRL officials told The Hindu that when the company was formed, the first Metro Rail corridor finalised was from Washermenpet to the airport. They said that there had been several representations from various citizen groups to alter the plan but the decision was left to the State and Central Cabinet.