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CMRL promises to address traffic mess in Mylapore


The Chennai Metrorail Limited is in discussion with the MTC to

introduce mini buses in Mylapore and Mandaveli, where underground

metro stations are being constructed, to ensure seamless commute for

the residents during the project period.

The CMRL is constructing underground metro stations at RK Salai,

Thirumayilai and Mandaveli where Tunnel Boring machines (TBM) are

going to be retrieved.

CMRL said it is coordinating with the Greater Chennai Corporation and

City Police to address the issue of removing abandoned vehicles and

encroachments at these crucial places.

Additional traffic marshals will be deployed by the CMRL to assist the

motorists and road users at all junctions and diversion points to assist

the traffic police on duty.

Chennai Traffic Police had been periodically discussing with the

Mylapore residents on the issue of traffic snarls caused by the Metro

rail works.

Suggestions include road-cuts free diverted routes, speed breakers near

schools, encroachment free schools, immediate road construction after

the work is over by the Metrowater and Tanjedco. Some residents

suggested display of notice boards to warn the road users and display

project deadlines.

Chennai Metro Rail started demolishing a portion of the flyover across

Dr Radhakrishnan Salai and Royapettah junction to make way for the

construction of tunnels and a station for its Phase 2 project. The

planned station is part of the 42 km corridor 3 of phase 2 from

Madhavaram Milk Colony to Siruseri Sipcot.

CMRL had launched tunnel boring machine Eagle from Light House

Metro station towards Boat Club station part of the underground

section from Light House at Marina beach to Kodambakkam flyover in

corridor four of phase two metro project.

Commuters using RK Salai, Thirumayilai and Mandaveli where the

Tunnel Boring Machines (TBMs) for Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL)

operating are experiencing diversions impacting their daily travel.

Traffic has been diverted at these locations since January 7, 2024, after

obtaining necessary traffic permissions. However, concerns have arisen

among road users regarding issues such as abandoned vehicles,

encroachments on diversion roads and other inner routes, and the

need for additional traffic management.

CMRL is actively working with Greater Chennai Corporation and the

Police to promptly address the removal of abandoned vehicles and

encroachments at diversion sites. To enhance traffic management,

additional Traffic Marshalls will be deployed at all junctions and

diversion points in collaboration with Traffic Police.

In response to public concerns, CMRL is coordinating with Traffic Police

to increase personnel deployment for efficient enforcement of one-way

traffic. Furthermore, discussions are underway with the Metropolitan

Transport Corporation (MTC) to potentially introduce Mini buses,

aiming to alleviate public inconvenience during this period of

diversions.

As part of the ongoing efforts, CMRL has initiated road repair works to

ensure the good condition of roads affected by the diversions. The road

repair activities are anticipated to conclude within a week`s time.

Commuters are encouraged to stay updated on these developments

and plan their routes accordingly, says a press release from the CMRL.

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