Residents want Anjaneyar temple included in small bus routes

Vasudha, a septuagenarian, got down at Velachery MRTS station after a long-due visit to the Mylapore Kapaleeswarar Temple. She was thinking about the long journey that she would be on before reaching her residence in Nanganallur. She also winced at the thought of having to wait long to catch a regular MTC bus. An autorishaw ride was out of question as it would cost her Rs.200. Tired, she walks out of the station. And, to her delight, a glossy new small bus S18 stood before her. The conductor sticks his head out and says, “This bus is going to Ullagaram, Puzhudivakkam and Nanganallur.”

She could not believe her ears. She got into the bus and reached home within 15 minutes. And the ride cost her just Rs.10.

Like Rajalakshmi, many others are happy about the introduction of this small bus service. For a long time, there have been not many direct services from Velachery to Nanganallur, covering Ullagaram and Puzhudivakkam.

Now, several small buses from Velachery MRTS station have been introduced. They cover areas such as St.Thomas Mount railway station, Vanuvampet, Alandur Metro station, Pazhavanthangal, Madipakkam.

The buses will also benefit school-students travelling from Nanganallur and Puzhudivakkam to Velachery.

Saroja, a flower vendor, who has to go to Velachery to catch D70 bus to Koyambedu for buying flowers, had to depend on her husband to drop her on a cycle to Velachery. Now that S18 is available, she is relieved. She says, “As my husband had to drop me every day at Velachery, he would be late to work. Now, I need not depend on him.”

Similarly, for the residents of Velachery who want to catch Metro train at Alandur, S85 bus has come as a big relief. The route has been receiving a lot of patronage as it connects to the Anjaneyar temple in Nanganallur.

However, residents of Puzhudivakkam feel left out. Though they are happy about getting S18 on their roads, they want Anjaneyar Temple to be included in the route.

On the first Saturday after the introduction of S18, a group of 12 women had got into the bus just by looking at the nameboard – Nanganallur. They asked for the tickets to Anjaneyar Temple. However, they were informed by the conductor that the bus would not go the temple and would go to the Nanganallur Market instead.

Meenakshi, a senior citizen from Puzhidivakkam, said, “I have been living in this area more than 20 years, but have visited the temple only thrice. I avoid going there, because I have to take an auto which comes at a steep price. The moment I saw a small bus to Nanganallur, I thought that it would take me to the temple. But, the temple is not included in the route. If the officials concerned take this into consideration, it would be helpful for us.”

Many of those taking S82 bus from Alandur Metro station to Madipakkam also feel their bus should enable access to the temple.

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