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UNITED THEY STAND: The young and the old turn out in large numbers on Monday to form a human chain seeking inclusion of Tiruvottiyur in the Metro Rail project. A section of school students holding placards in Tiruvottiyur
UNITED THEY STAND: The young and the old turn out in large numbers on Monday to form a human chain seeking inclusion of Tiruvottiyur in the Metro Rail project. A section of school students holding placards in Tiruvottiyur

Staff Reporter

“The demand will benefit 30 lakh people”

CHENNAI: People from different walks of life on Monday participated in a human chain in north Chennai demanding inclusion of Tiruvottiyur in the proposed Metro Rail project.

The human chain, organised by the North Chennai People’s Rights Federation, extended around 10 km from Tiruvottiyur to Mint Bridge. Highlighting the need for including Tiruvottiyur, the participants pointed to the large number of households and businesses that would benefit. They said north Chennai had been neglected on several fronts and the Metro Rail would tide over the absence of a proper transport connectivity to the area.

Convener of the Federation S. Jeyachandran said braving intermittent rain, thousands of people participated in the human chain, including hundreds of school students. He said though Tiruvottiyur figured in the initial project proposal, as the starting point for the Corridor-I up to the Chennai Airport, the plan was changed.

As per the new proposal, Corridor-I would start from Washermenpet, a locality that barely represented north Chennai as it was closer to central Chennai. Although the authorities concerned assured that the Metro Rail would eventually cover Tiruvottiyur, it would take almost 20 years for that to happen, once the project is commissioned. “It would be a long wait [for the residents],” Mr. Jeyachandran said. There would also be no problem getting the required land for putting Tiruvottiyur on the Metro Rail, he added.

Metro Rail connectivity to Tiruvottiyur would benefit about 30 lakh people living in the various congested localities of north Chennai, who now have limited public transport facility to other parts of the city. If the project was implemented from Tiruvottiyur, it would also facilitate development of the localities, he added.

The Federation had recently submitted a memorandum to Metro Rail authorities, urging them to include Tiruvottiyur in the project.

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