Four bus rapid transit corridors for Chennai under consideration

The city might soon have a high-speed, Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) on at least four corridors to address east-west connectivity.

Giving a talk on ‘Transformation of Chennai – the civil society point of view' here recently, Balchand Parayath, Chief Executive Officer of Chennai City Connect Foundation, which has been nominated by the government to do a feasibility study on a BRTS from Guindy to Siruseri, said that three more mass transit corridors are being seriously considered.

The corridors, which would integrate with the Metro and MRTS at various points, are: Thirumangalam - Madhavaram via Ambattur, T.Nagar - Koyambedu via K.K.Nagar and along the proposed Adyar Poonga Expressway.

“Chennai would take more than 100 years to have a road network like Houston or Seattle. But even if we have such infrastructure, the problem of congestion would not go away. A radically different model that gives a central role to public transport, one that is not just for the lower income groups but for everyone, is the need of the hour,” Mr. Parayath said.

Stressing that what makes a city advanced is not its highways or subways, but great footpaths, he said that the Chennai Metro Rail has been in consultation with City Connect to develop better pedestrian access and an advanced fare collection system. The study would cover all the 32 Metro stations that are slated to come up in Phase-I of the project.

Making a mention of the Anna Nagar cycle lane project, Mr. Parayath said that green cover will have to be developed in strategic areas to “encourage cycling on a demarcated space on the road margin”. With regard to the T.Nagar redevelopment plan, he said that various options to restrict through-traffic from Anna Salai to Mambalam are being considered. “A shuttle bus service for shoppers within the T.Nagar locality is one of the proposals,” he added.

The lecture was hosted by the Indian Roads and Transport Development Association and the Motor Vehicles & Allied Industries Association. MV&AIA donated an ambulance to the Hindu Mission Health Services on the occasion.

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