New Amusment Park in Chennai

This is exactly how the Newspapers gather attention – a Title thats totally irrelevant to the news. However, I couldn’t come out with a better title after back to back rides on the Old Mahabalipuram Road.

The work of laying the road from Madhya Kailash to SRP tools looks almost perpetual. They keep laying the same road over and over again. They haven’t progressed too much for the kind of workmanship they have got. Beyond the KLA Tennor (and the HCL building) there’s this amusement park Im talking about. Its on the road that you will find awesome Roller Coaster rides until you reach Perungudi. Potholes is a very small word to describe those ditches in the OMR. They look as though some comet has collided into the earth.

Buses and Cars struggle to get past this. It is funny for the passengers other than the driver. I usually sit in any of the last seats in my company bus. Yesterday I was able to realize the Bus was going on a new ride on the amusement park, where the Left front wheel and the Right rear wheel are wobbling inside two potholes. The bus seemed like it couldn’t react. Obviously rains are the reasons for such a massacre. But as days goes by, the situation of the road is getting worse. This road is literally dissolving with the draining water.

I suggest you take a ride on the OMR and enjoy the fun ride. Do not try it on your bike. The rides are best enjoyed on the back seats of an Air bus.

5 Comments so far

  1. Siva (unregistered) on November 12th, 2006 @ 1:46 pm

    Wonderful title Keerthi..!! Yeah the condition of the road is pathetic, I have been going in these rides for years now. My college was in Sholinganallur. Hoping for the conditions to improve after every monsoon, nothing has changed in so many years.. especially the strech near YMCA.. Wish the IT Corridor is completed on schedule (June 2007). But on seeing the progress made by these people on the Madhya Kailas strech, the deadline doesn’t seem to be realistic. Anyhow expecting the early closure of the amusement park. :-)

  2. david appasamy (unregistered) on November 12th, 2006 @ 2:08 pm

    Right you are Keerthi. Imagine the plight of people like me who live in Perungudi! Why is it that only in India the roads dissolve with rain? It rains practically every day in Singapore, but this doesn’t happen. The answer, of course, is corruption and substandard roads. When will the system ever change I wonder. In the meantime the public continues to suffer.

  3. bejharboy (unregistered) on November 14th, 2006 @ 10:18 am

    Imagine Dayanidhi MORON telling Bill Gates that he cudnt take him to TIDEL Park because the roads were not travel worthy in prev regime. And he would be consistent with Bill Gates again for years together. Considering that road transport and IT portfolios had been with DMK for long time. But neither the road nor the train came. Now with Karunanidhi in power, and local adminsitration also with them, it will be a shame. But then, the politicians are used to it – THE SHAME.

  4. Rajesh Kumar (unregistered) on November 16th, 2006 @ 2:19 pm

    It is indeed an amusement park on the road, more so if you are driving yourself. Sometimes you feel whether all the hype around the IT corridor is worth it. One way to expedite the work is to make those incharge of repairing/managing this road is to compulsorily travel daily upto Shollinganallur and back, twice, and yes, they should drive their own (personal)vehicles themselves.

  5. musafir (unregistered) on November 17th, 2006 @ 6:22 pm

    Look again friends, the roller coaster rides have been extended to within the city limits as well. Every second road now offers you the same kind of experience…..for free!!!
    “Oh what fun it is to ride in a vehicle-in-chennai!!!,
    Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way”

    “Dashing thru the roads(sic),
    On a vehicle-in-chennai,
    while over the holes we go,
    hurting all the way,

    Bells in temples ring,
    wine shop spirits and fish fry,
    oh what fun it is to have a bumpy rocking ride!!!

    (pardone moi. couldn’t help develop a sardonic parody of jingle bells)

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