What’s up? Foot overbridges with escalators.

How do you cross that road when you get to it? Especially if it has bikes, cars and buses in all shapes and sizes hurtling down it at velocities that make Ben Johnson’s dopey run look like a walk in the park. This time the authorities seem to have an answer.

Foot overbridges. No, not the old types that gave vagrants a first floor open air shelter. This is the new and improved version. It comes with escalators. And it’s been recommended to the Corporation by the city’s traffic police, at the Saidapet junction and Taluk Office Road near Raj Bhavan. So in the not so near future, you may not have to let all your your near and dear ones know before crossing the road.

And till such time these upwardly mobile devices turn up, I suggest you keep your fingers crossed.

5 Comments so far

  1. tsk tsk (unregistered) on July 2nd, 2007 @ 2:34 pm

    Great news. But im concered about the long term safety and maintenance of these machines. i wish the corporation would charge a rupee or two for usage of these bridges. Atleast some kind of revenue model will ensure their long term maintenance.

  2. ratan Jhaveri (unregistered) on July 2nd, 2007 @ 2:36 pm

    It is a good message, Mr Manoj Sir. But I am feeling it can be somewhat more positive, no? After all is is easy to be armchair critic, specially for communication and marketing professional like us with the easy work and big paypackets. I am volunteer with Chetna Association to helping clean up soem mess in Chennai City for weekends. Maybe you can also join with me.
    Ratan Jhaveri

  3. Perisami G (unregistered) on July 2nd, 2007 @ 9:10 pm

    This is a good news!The escalators should be weight actuated.Even one-way escalators just for going up may be enough if it can save cost.They should be well illuminated and should have good visibility.Remote monitoring using hidden cameras may also help.

  4. Thad E. Ginathom (unregistered) on July 2nd, 2007 @ 9:49 pm

    There should be a ‘manual’ (utterly the wrong word, I know; but you’ll know what I mean, I hope!) stair as well.

    Not everyone is comfortable with the mechanical sort.

  5. potpourri (unregistered) on July 2nd, 2007 @ 10:12 pm

    Great news!! But I also hope that they provide ramps or lifts for the physically challenged/old people/parents with toddlers.
    In general, Chennai should provide more ramps or lifts for such people.

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