Residents of Mandaveli and Mandaveliapkkam met at a private hall this evening ( Jan.10) at a hurrledly-called meet by Chennai Metro staff and local area police to discuss issues arising out of traffic movement changes that have been set on past Sunday.
The focus was local – Mandaveli and Mandavelipakkam.
Doctors who manage clinics / hospitals in this zone highlighted their woes –
BSS Hospital’s Dr Harish said access to BSS is cut off now. A patient suffered heart attack in Mandaveli He had to be redirected to Billroth and was attended him there
Dr Biswakumar said access to his clinic in R K Mutt Road ( Mandaveli section) is cut off; he suggests that traffic be allowed from Solaiappan Mudali street into R K Mutt Road , then take a right to reach the R K Mutt road junction. Better access, he suggested.
Dr Narendran said that he has now observed that from South Canal Bank Road to Greenways Road – while in the past it took 10 minutes now is takes 50 minutes. He sought a better solution.
Traffic police say they will visit all the possible route diversions suggested by doctors and residents, work along with CMRL and look at offering a better facility.
The points reported here have been culled from online posts made by people who attended this evening’s meet.
Mandaveli resident Ravi Nandyala says – the intent of the meeting was good. But if such a meeting is called for in a matter of few hours and the public is expected to come with the problems and solutions, I think it is very unreasonable. Either they make a note of the issues and go back to their drawing boards or give adequate time for people to think through the solutions.
There were hardly any women at this meet. Kalyan Nagar Association, whose space was used, had some of its members attending.
People said such meets much be held weekends when all people can take time off from office / home and air their grievances.
Nothing much is spoken about having similar meets in other zones of Mylapore; to seek feedback and discuss issues arising out of Chennai Metro plans.
This far, Chennai Metro seems to have paid little attention on how its must reach out to communities even as its rolls out its plans, listen, allow discussion and set right issues that can ease lives of people.
Today’s meeting seems more of a knee-jerk reaction.
Also, the Mylapore MLA and councillors are not seen yet in the middle of the issue.