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“Small buses will solve commuting problem in Anna Nagar, Ambattur”

A small bus at VS Colony near Mogappair. Photo : K. Pichumani.   | Photo Credit: K_Pichumani

Residents of Anna Nagar, Ambattur, Red Hills, Villivakkam and Korattur have demanded more small buses in their neighbourhood as they are now reliant on autorickshaws .

The autorickhaw drivers reportedly charge them exorbitantly.

At present, the Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC) operates more than 50 small buses in 20 routes mainly covering the south of the city and a few other locations in the rest of the city.

The small bus services are available between Palavedu near Avadi and Ambattur Old Town (OT) and Korattur – Maduravoyal. “If the suburban trains are delayed, employees of the industrial units have to run from the railway stations to the Canara Bank bus stop on CTH Road to reach their places of work . . Mini buses could be of great help for many residents and employees working in the neighbourhood,” said T. Gunaseelan, a long-time resident of Ambattur.

Residents want MTC to introduce small bus services from the railway station on the Third Street in GNG Colony at Ambattur to the Ambattur Industrial Estate bus terminus via CTH Road.

A mini bus service from old MTH Road, near Ambattur station, to Red Hills via Ambattur OT, Pudur and Redhills would also be helpful.

So would be a mini bus service from Ambattur Railways station Varatharajpuram to Ambattur Industrial Estate via Murugan Threatre, Godrej Factories, Pattravakkam and Ambattur Industrial Estate.Further, residents said that small buses should be introduced to link the railway station with areas on the Grand Northern Trunk (GNT) Road, including Vijayalakshmipuram, Oragadam, Pudur, Surapet and Redhills.

Similarly, residents in Korattur, Padi and Retteri want MTC to extend small buses up to Senthil Nagar on Inner Ring Road (IRR) and Villivakkam.

At present, small buses are operated only between Madhavaram and Retteri. Through this extension of the small bus services, commuters said the facility would reach many interior areas in Korattur and Padi. “Small bus services connecting Mogappair East with Mogappair West is a long pending demand. There is also a need for small buses linking these two parts of Mogappair to K.K. Nagar and Chimiyanagar via Koyambedu. At present, regular bus services are available only up to Ashok Pillar from Mogappiar East and we have to board another bus to reach these places,” said V. Rajagopal, president, Anna Nagar West (Phase – II) Residents Welfare Association.

Demand for more small buses in the western and north-western parts of the city is on the rise, largely fuelled by reports of commendable service rendered by the existing small bus service network in the other parts of the city.

For example, the small bus service (Route No: D-70) between Korattur and Maduravoyal in Anna Nagar is extremely popular among residents as the bus travels through street lanes and roads covering DAV School and Devan Nagar, which is thickly populated. and other important places between Korattur and Maduravoyal.


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