Connectivity to southern Tamil Nadu is from here

Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: Over the decades, a chain of hotels, lodges and restaurants has sprung up near the Egmore railway station. Many of them have been modernised, and new two and three-star hotels opened in the vicinity of what was once the metre gauge terminal and gateway to southern Tamil Nadu.

On almost every road leading out of that centre, there are lodges offering rooms at an affordable cost, catering mainly for small traders and rural people who come on a day or two’s visit to the State capital.

A row of shops in front of the station enables the visitors to do last-minute shopping. There are many restaurants, where they can eat, and may take a gift pack form sweetmeat shops to their hosts.

Earlier, the mofussil bus stand, which was right in front of the station, caused chaos in the area. So the government moved ‘Omnibuses’ out of Egmore. These operators found it convenient to run services from here to all southern centres soon after the departure of an express or passenger train. For the travelling public, there was an alternative at the very same location.

After the bus stand was removed, the area around the rail station has become more accessible to vehicles and pedestrians like. But the location is so critical to generate traffic that bus operators are running special mini buses and vans to transport passengers to Koyambedu bus terminus.

Thus the Egmore railway station and its immediate surroundings have become synonymous with connectivity to southern Tamil Nadu.