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Pondy Bazaar descends into chaos as GCC fumbles


CHENNAI: If you idea the chaos in Pondy Bazaar couldn’t get worse, have some other suppose. Lack of a parking coverage and deficient making plans of the formidable pedestrian plaza project underneath the sensible city challenge have ensured that.

Greater Chennai Corporation officers say it'll take no less than 9 months to finalise a parking coverage and that the street will stay a one-way stretch till then, but residents concern things is not going to alternate.


As in step with the unique plan for the Rs 33.8 ctore pedestrian plaza, paintings on which began a 12 months ago, Theyagaraya Road was to have broad footpaths, sensible poles, play space, greenery, sensible parking management, cycle-sharing device. Cars were to be allowed simplest at certain entry and go out issues, whilst battery-operated automobiles would ply on the 730-metre stretch.

Now, the company has created parking bays for vehicles and plans to permit two-wheelers on portions of the footpath.

A seek advice from by way of NewsTread discovered two-wheelers of workers of stores and of consumers on the footpath. Even vehicles were parked.

“How can they entire the paintings when two-wheelers are on the plaza,” said Raja A, a techie.

Residents blame the location on loss of making plans. “Without a parking coverage, how did the civic frame even start building,” wondered Kavitha R, who lives within the space. Samiullah A, who runs a store in the street, said the civic frame will have to have first begun the multi-level automobile parking project. “We are dropping industry daily,” he said.


Senior company officers said temporary area can be created on Sivagnanam Street for 700 vehicles. The aspect streets will, in the meantime, be readied for parking.


“One can't have a look at the project as one. There are many smaller initiatives being undertaken concurrently. Parking bays shall be used later for loading and unloading subject matter for stores. Right now, it'll be used as parking lot. The footpath shall be finished in April after which the location will make stronger,” said an professional.


Shop owners say they plan to demand parking for vehicles and two-wheelers. “Some customers just come to purchase one item and briefly leave. They can't park 500m away and walk or take the cycle,” said Lakshmi Narayanan, a store proprietor.




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