Chennai: metropolis in transformation!

We may have not noticed, because the news comes out piece meal over time, but Chennai is a metropolis in transformation- for the better. Consider this: the work on the IT Corridor has been accelerated so that in a year’s time we will have a world class highway stretching from Madhya Kailash to Siruseri. This will accelerate the growth of the economy and the area South of Chennai.

One has only to think at the Mahabalipuram Road before its transformation into the East Coast Road (ECR), and then take stock of it today to realize the kind of transformation it has enabled. The same will happen on the IT Corridor. The Life Line Hospital in Perungudi is already operational; there is at least one four star hotel being planned; a mall and multiplex; residential complexes and more IT parks. You can be sure restaurants, shops, shopping complexes et al are not far behind (look at Velachery).

Consider the other infrastructure projects under construction: There’s a flyover underway at the airport to make access easier; there’s a new airport being planned with an additional runway; a grade separator at Kathipara (multi level flyover); one at Koyambedu and another at Padi. More flyovers are being considered at nodal points across the city to ease the flow of traffic. The entry points to the city on NH 45, the Bangalore Highway and the Calcutta Highway are all being revamped to make the flow of traffic smoother into the city.

An elevated highway over the Poonamallee high Road is being planned to divert container trucks to the container terminal at the port. The MRTs (elevated railway) is being extended to Velachery, and there are plans afoot to extend it to Tambaram. In addition, the MRTS is to have one line descend to ground level and continue parallel to the Buckingham Canal all the way to Mahabalipuram! This will serve thousands of commuters who work along the IT Corridor, but don’t have vehicles of their own.

Then there are the Metro Rail projects: The first goes along (underground) Mount Road from the Fort all the way to the airport. The second along Poonamallee High Road up to Anna Nagar. It is estimated that, when complete, these metro rail corridors will carry 10.5 lakh commuters- that’s over a million people. And make a huge difference to the density of traffic on the roads. The third corridor will stretch from Thiruvanmiyur across town to Anna Nagar, but will be taken up in the second phase. The amount of outlay for the metro rail is 5800 crores of Rupees and will be entrusted to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, which has done an exemplary job in Delhi, after studying some of the world’s foremost metro rail systems.

Can you imagine what the city will be like once all these projects are completed? With over Rs 10,000 crores of infrastructure in place to ease the transport flow in the city! If they implement a central transport authority like New York or Paris, then the bus system will be co-ordinated with the rail systems to get people to where they need to go from the railway stations. Then one really doesn’t have to have a car or bike to get around, and it will ease the congestion and pressure on the roads.

Let’s hope these projects are implemented on time, and with the minimum level of corruption. Then Chennai can truly lay claim to being a citizen friendly city, and take its place among the best in the world in terms of public transportation and roadways.

4 Comments so far

  1. Anand (unregistered) on July 7th, 2006 @ 9:56 am

    I am what you might call a public transport person. No, I dont have pretentions to some exhalted notions of environmentalism or social travel etc… I’m just shit scared of driving on Madras roads. When will Madras transportation become decent? When our roadusers learn the need to stop at red, respect pedestrians, and queue, dammit! So David, add that to your list fantastic things to look forward to, say in the next two decades.

  2. Ravi (unregistered) on July 7th, 2006 @ 11:22 am

    I wish things come true with the plans for Chennai. But first, whether its Chennai or Bangalore, many road users have no sense of what is right and wrong. We don’t need fantastic roads and 6 laners…we people first need to follow rules and respect every other person’s right to use the road as well.

  3. Maruthu Pandian (unregistered) on July 8th, 2006 @ 5:53 pm

    This post has the potential to further boost chennai’s real estate market.

    Let more Highways, Flyovers and Metro rail projects follow and wish nandhu’s
    dream drive come true.

  4. Rajesh (unregistered) on July 12th, 2006 @ 6:57 am

    Ha. We probably wont be alive by the time they implement these projects. MK will become the richest person. SunTV will become the richest org in the world, JJ and sasikala will be the second richest..followed by Ramadoss, and other bastards

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