Press Club of India, Indian Tehalka News
The changes in movement of traffic around Chennai Central station have brought in partial relief for passengers and commuters alike. With effect from Wednesday, all taxis have to drop passengers near Moore Market Complex and cannot enter the station from the entry on V.O.C.Salai (Walltax Road).
However, privately-owned cars can continue to use the entry point on V.O.C.Salai as usual. The new arrangement has eased congestion at the main entrance leading to Central station.
Taxis from either directions of Poonamallee High Road – from Egmore or from Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital side – now have to enter Sydenhams Road.
The taxis then have to turn right at the signal at the intersection of Sydenhams and Vepery High Road to enter Ripon Buildings Link Road, take a left to reach Alli Kulam Link Road and then enter MMC complex.
“This is better for us taxi drivers. Earlier, we had to wait for passengers to get down and get the cash from them. This would result in a traffic jam on Walltax Road. We also have more space here,” said R. Kathir, a radio taxi driver.
However, with taxis lining up one behind the other, thousands of passengers arriving at MMC in suburban trains from Arakkonam and Gummudipoondi cannot exit the station with ease.
“We are in a hurry to reach Park station to board suburban and MRTS services. The taxis should be parked in such a manner that it does not come in our way,” said V. Murugan, a suburban commuter. There should be an arrangement for parking of vehicles dropping passengers to Central, he added.
Reacting to the arrangement, railway officials said that the first day of the new arrangement was quite successful. However, it would take about a week for all taxi drivers to be sensitised about the new system, they added.