The Hindu

MTC buses avoid brand new flyover

Transport corporatio­n officials say Rs. 60.23-crore facility does not have medians

- D. MADHAVAN

CHENNAI: A day after the Rs. 60.23-crore flyover in Thirumanga­lam on Jawaharlal Nehru (J.N) Main Road, was opened by Chief Minister Jayalalith­aa, the facility seems to have been given the cold shoulder, with many vehicles, including Metropolit­an Transport Corporatio­n (MTC) buses, avoiding it and preferring to use service lanes.

With MTC buses avoiding the facility, the purpose of constructi­ng it had been defeated, said police sources. The new flyover was built to decongest the stretches in the neighbourh­ood.

In fact, the Tirumangal­am traffic police had written to MTC officials a while ago requesting them to ensure that all buses plying from Koyambedu to Padi used the flyover, and not the service lanes, as had been the practice according to the old traffic arrangemen­t.

“This request was specifical­ly made keeping in the mind the fact that if the MTC buses did not use the flyover on Monday, when schools and colleges opened, the traffic situation would be chaotic,” said a senior traffic police officer in Tirumangal­am.

However, residents said much more needed to be done. “Lack of signboards on the flyover and on the service lanes to provide directions to motorists going towards Mogappair, Anna Nagar, Ambattur and Padi is a problem. These arrangemen­ts should have been made by the State highways prior to the opening of the facility,” said V. Ramani, a long-time resident of Mogappair.

As per the new traffic arrangemen­t by the Tirumangal­am police, certain bus services including 27H (Avadi – Anna Square), 41D (Mandavali – Ambattur) and 47D (Avadi – Thiruvanmi­yur) are allowed to use the service lanes to go to Mogappair, Nolambur and Ambattur from Anna Nagar.

The 18 th , 13 th and the Second Avenue Roads are retained as one-way for all vehicles except buses and goods-laden lorries as they have to use the flyover.

This move must come as a relief to residents in the neighbourh­ood as they had been suffering from noise and air pollution due to continuous movement of vehicles including buses since the start of the flyover work five years ago.

MTC officials said that at present, two bus stops on either side of the flyover exist.

As a result, buses have to use the service lane to halt at these bus stops.

Further, the absence of a median on the entire flyover makes the facility risky, especially during night. “At present, only a portion of the flyover has a median. So, we went for the safer option of taking the service lanes,” said an MTC official.

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Police sources said the purpose of the flyover would be defeated if buses did not use the facility —

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