When I missed the 09.20 Train at Thiruvanmiyur Rly Station on 24.10.2007

View of North Beach Road,Chennai

I have a car which I don’t take to the office because of difficulty in getting a parking slot at II Line Beach, parking fee of Rs 20/- for full day and unduly long time taken due to heavy traffic.

I used to go by my TVS Victor to office, till I developed a back ache caused by driving about 35 kms per day.

I found a viable alternative to go to Thiruvanmiyur Railway Station by bike, park my vehicle there and take the MRTS Train to Beach. I found the journey comfortable and fast too. If I start at 9 AM , I will reach the office before 10 AM.

My happiness was shortlived when the Railway’s contract with Singaram the caretaker of the basement parking at the Railway Station expired and no new contractor was appointed.

Thereafter , I lost my helmet once and then it was petrol pilferage.

Now I started coming from Velachery to Thiruvanmiyur by share auto (fare is Rs 10/- per trip). On occasions I have traveled by the normal auto. For the 4 km distance the auto drivers demanded fares ranging from Rs 40/- to Rs 70/-.

The share auto carries about 10 passengers in a trip, with seats arranged like a kolu padi which seats about 8 persons and two persons seated to the left and right of the auto driver.

This day I took the share auto at about 9 AM at Velachery. Normally the running time is 10 minutes. There was a traffic jam near TICEL Park at Taramani due to some repair work and half the road was dug leaving a narrow stretch for vehicles to move. This delayed my reaching the station at 9.20 AM . When I stepped into the station, the train moved. The alternative is to take the next train which is scheduled at 10.10 AM and reach office by 10.45 AM.

I decided to take a bus from Thiruvanmiyur near Jayanthi theatre to go to Parry’s Corner. To cover the distance of less than 1 km there was a demand by an auto driver for Rs 15 who settled for Rs 10/-. Buses going towards Parrys corner were crowded. I took a bus coming from Mamallapuram to Adyar and got down at the Adyar Signal. Walked to the bus stop near Malar Hospital. Buses were coming full. After waiting for about 5 minutes, I boarded an Express Bus and reached Parrys Corner by about 10.15 am. Took another share auto from Dare House to reach my office opposite to Beach Station at 10.25 AM.

As I have a season ticket in MRTS, normally the only expenditure is the share auto fare of Rs 10/- . This day I spent about Rs 37/- to reach Office.

In hindsight, it looks like I should have taken the 10.10 train and reached office at 10.45 AM.

Fondly hoping for any of the following to happen :

1. The MRTS Train service getting extended upto Velachery.
2. A care taker for the Vehicle Park is appointed at the Thiruvanmiyur Railway Station, so that I can go in bike upto Thiruvanmiyur Railway Station and thereafter take the train

6 Comments so far

  1. Dilip Muraldiaran (unregistered) on October 26th, 2007 @ 3:02 am

    Balu, sad that a good contracter like singaram is not renewed when he has a good reputation for service. I have no idea why we dont recognize quality service.

  2. Ravi (unregistered) on October 26th, 2007 @ 12:56 pm

    Good post … Thank god .. you are in Chennai and there is connectivity with various options .. If you were in Bangalore, where I’m, you would have been left with no choice other than auto. btw, nice photo .. which place is that ?

    you shall click and post a ‘share auto’ sometime !

  3. Ottayan (unregistered) on October 26th, 2007 @ 1:10 pm

    You should have hoped for one more thing:

    The Chennai corporation to make announcements in advance about the roads they plan to dig up.

  4. Pavithran (unregistered) on October 26th, 2007 @ 3:39 pm

    It is quite surprising that you are worried of the cost when you seem to have gone through an incredibly tiring experience! MRTS extension to velachery may well be the single most anticipated event in Chennai as of now.

  5. bflyhaser (unregistered) on October 26th, 2007 @ 8:12 pm


    Lively post. You made me to travel from Tvmyur to Paris in 3 minutes. Glad to hear that it is just one hour daily commute by public transport on a normal day in Chennai. This could be definitely a luxury in Bangalore. Keep it coming.

    BTW… you guys start to work at 9 am? boohoo..

  6. ds (unregistered) on October 29th, 2007 @ 5:33 pm

    If they complete the MRTS project upto St. Thomas mount quickly, then the traffic in chennai will be reduced to a great extent.

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