Is this the Radhakrishnan Salai I knew?

Yesterday, while coming back from Thiruvanmiyur, we passed thru Dr. R.K.Salai and not having been there on a Sunday evening in quite a while, I was like “is this the Radhakrishnan Salai I knew?” There was bumper-to-bumper traffic and our vehicle had to literally squeeze its way just to cover a small distance, where we could get to a relatively less-crowded R.H. Road. Having lived close to this arterial road for many years, when the weekend traffic then was not even a tenth of what I saw yesterday, I was really surprised at how bad the navigability had become. Not only is this road turning out to be the most preferred way to get to the beach for a lot of people, but is also attracting hordes of weekenders to the City Center mall (which I haven’t visited yet). No wonder the ground value here is at such a premium that it has priced out all, but the most deep-pocketed guys. And about the crowds and the traffic at the beach, which we just passed thru, the less said about those, the better. Chennai is no more what it used to be and that may be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on which side of the debate you choose to be.

3 Comments so far

  1. Navneeth (unregistered) on May 22nd, 2007 @ 2:20 am

    Having lived here nearly all my life, I agree on what you say. I can’t imagine the mess-to-be once ‘Acropolis’ is up and running.

  2. anon (unregistered) on May 22nd, 2007 @ 2:33 am

    It is all b’cos ver less parking space available in citycenter mall (they also have violated the municiapal building code). the parking got full by 4.00pm. Many came near the entry took a u-turn and just left for some other place, this caused the funny traffic jam. May be we should announce in FM that the parking lots are full in this A mall, there is parking available at B mall so that people can decide and go where parking is available.

  3. Mahadevan (unregistered) on May 22nd, 2007 @ 10:19 am

    I agree that Chennai is fast changing, but the times are also changing. I have recently seen a couple of posts on this blog, where the writer wants the golden days back. I dont think it is feasible, cause chennai gives a livelihood to all who come to her.

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