The road less taken


Commuters at Chepauk MRTS station seem to avoid Station Border Road like the plague

The next time you are at the Chepauk MRTS station, try to observe this. Most often than not, commuters, mostly college students and government staff, will invariably turn a left turn as they head out of the station, thereby avoiding Station Border Road which connects the station with Wallajah Road near the University of Madras campus.

Avoiding Station Border Road would mean taking a detour via Bells Road to reach their destination in Triplicane, but they don’t seem to mind this.

Illegal parking of vehicles on both sides of Station Border Road, miscreants roaming along an isolated section of the road and lack of street lights are said to be among reasons commuters avoid it on their way to Triplicane.

In recent months, two chain-snatching incidents were reported from the road, forcing the police and railway authorities to increase surveillance on it. A policeman walks now and then along the stretch. However, at night, he is not to be seen on this road.

“Even during the day, the stretch after MRTS station is empty with cars including abandoned ones being parked on both sides. At night, we can’t see anything from the station in the Triplicane direction due to darkness,” says S. Vasanthi, a commuter from Mylapore.

“Steps will be taken to prevent such illegal parking on the stretch, which belongs to the Southern Railway,” said an railway official.

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Printable version | Jan 26, 2020 11:05:15 AM |

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