IT corridor: Full steam ahead!

Ever since the government changed, the work on the IT corridor has picked up pace, and how! I think we’ve seen more progress in the last one month than in the previous six! The new government under Chief Minister M K Karunanidhi seems to be very business like and effective in their administration. For the message seems to have not just gone out, not just to the officials concerned, but all the way down the line. So that work is progressing on multiple fronts at a frenetic pace.

Long stretches of road side that had been cleared of encroachments were just lying without further progress. Today, they have been dug, levelled, the base surface filled in and sanded to a smooth surface. The concrete dividing wall between the main highway and the service lanes has been built for kilometres. The stretch from Madhya Kailash to the Tidel Park entrance on the side they were working is nearly complete. So the terrible traffic jams on this stretch is likely to get some respite soon (although its still only one side!).

Lets hope MK and his government work with the same level of enthusiasm and effectiveness on the many infrastructure projects being planned. The metro rail project, in particular, should make an enormous difference to the citizens of Chennai in terms of being able to commute comfortably, easily and affordably in future. Hopefully they will model it on the lines of a city like Paris where you really don’t need to own a car! And the transport authority oversees the Metro, as well as the bus system. With a single pass valid on both, with bus routes that start and terminate at Metro stations. So the trains feed people into the city, and the buses carry them within the city to where they want to go.

With such infrastructure in place, Chennai can aspire to a better quality of life for its citizens.

7 Comments so far

  1. vatsan (unregistered) on June 11th, 2006 @ 10:14 pm

    lets hope this pace continues after the local body elections

  2. vijay (unregistered) on June 12th, 2006 @ 1:08 am

    yes,Mr.karunanidhi’s new government is really working well.let them keep going.thanks to the effort of cm and Mr.dayanidhi maran.

  3. Keerthivasan (unregistered) on June 12th, 2006 @ 7:35 am

    Ellam local elections dhaan !

  4. Ram (unregistered) on June 13th, 2006 @ 12:17 pm

    David, your suggestion on “bus routes that start and terminate at Metro stations” is really good. Though we have this in central station alone, govt can replicate this to the local train stations too. At many places in chennai, the local station is far from bus stations.

    Egmore is getting escalators on each of the platforms.

    without widening the SP road and allowing the traffic to take a right to adayar from madhyakailash, the traffic will stagnate at the madhyakailash junction.

  5. satheesh (unregistered) on June 13th, 2006 @ 2:26 pm

    thats a great news/change in this government!
    good to hear abt it

  6. Sree (unregistered) on June 14th, 2006 @ 2:30 pm

    Very right RAM.
    What happens when the Six lane rd ends at Madhya Kailash? Already its a place that causes bottle neck in SP Rd. & Definitely the bus top near Madhya Kailash temple has to be moved else where – a major reason for slow traffic in the rd.

  7. ragu (unregistered) on June 27th, 2006 @ 6:40 pm

    All the hope is on DMK now

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