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Subway work at Anna Nagar roundtana nears completion

It is expected to ensure safe crossing at Third Main Road and greater safety for commuters heading to the Metro station

Work on a pedestrian subway at Anna Nagar Roundtana on Third Main Road is nearning completion. Staircases have come up on both sides of the pedestrian subway, and lighting has been provided on the inside. The facility will connect the two sides of Third Main Road. It will also help Metro Rail commuters reach the Anna Nagar East station from Anna Nagar roundtana faster.

“Due to an almost-continuous movement of vehicles at the roundtana, we walk around 200 metres to Valliammal College for Women to cross the stretch and gain access to the station,” says 63-year-old K. Sekar, a resident of Anna Nagar.

The roundtana, on an average, witnesses the movement of around 8,000 vehicles during rush hour. Prior to the start of Metro Rail work in the region, including Second Avenue Road and Anna Nagar roundtana, in December 2011, the roundtana had pedestrian crossings on all the four directions.

When Metro Rail work started, and the contours of the Anna Nagar rountana and spaces around it changed, and this included the safety features. Pedestrians had to walk longer to cross the busy Third Main Road. Though Metro Rail work was completed two years ago, for pedestrians, the ordeal of having to walk quite a long distance before crossing Third Main Road continues.

This is mainly due to lack of safe pedestrian crossing on all the four directions of the roundtana.

Corporation officials say the restoration of Anna Nagar roundtana and the traffic arrangement on Second Main Road, including installation of digital traffic signals along the road, has been delayed due to the construction of the pedestrian subway.

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