Mylapore woke up on Sunday to a rainy day and the start of major traffic routing changes in connection with Chennai Metro work.
By 7 am, police officers, Metro staff, engineering staff and contract labour were at their posts where traffic diversions have been ordered and launched a soft touch to the changes.
They were told to smile and coax motorists so that there were no flareups on day one.
Their job got a tad tougher on Monday morning as students rushed to schools ( some functioned today) and office goers and the rest zoomed off just to find their life needed some big changes on roads and streets.
The traffic marshals at all junctions are keeping their cool and re directing traffic.
On the run, some small changes are being made – an activist suggested P S Senior students be allowed access to the school zone though a pathway was cut off; that was done.
Venkatesa Agraharam Street, one of the key funnels to take heavy traffic needs stiff changes – removal of all hawker stalls and barricades of the temple, relaying potholed sections – says activist C S Baskar.
More small changes are being made as the day progresses.