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Pondy Bazaar descends into chaos as civic body fumbles


CHENNAI: If you concept the chaos in Pondy Bazaar couldn’t get worse, have every other suppose. Lack of a parking coverage and deficient planning of the ambitious pedestrian plaza mission underneath the smart town undertaking have ensured that.

Greater Chennai Corporation officers say it will take a minimum of 9 months to finalise a parking coverage and that the street will remain a one-way stretch until then, but residents concern issues will not change.


As consistent with the original plan for the Rs 33.8 ctore pedestrian plaza, work on which began a yr ago, Theyagaraya Road was to have wide footpaths, smart poles, play area, greenery, smart parking management, cycle-sharing system. Cars have been to be allowed only at positive entry and exit issues, while battery-operated automobiles would ply on the 730-metre stretch.

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

A talk over with via NewsTread discovered two-wheelers of workers of stores and of shoppers on the footpath. Even cars have been parked.

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

Residents blame the location on lack of planning. “Without a parking coverage, how did the civic body even begin building,” wondered Kavitha R, who lives in the area. Samiullah A, who runs a store on the street, said the civic body must have first begun the multi-level automobile parking mission. “We are dropping business day by day,” he said.


Senior company officers said brief space can be created on Sivagnanam Street for 700 cars. The aspect streets will, meanwhile, be readied for parking.


“One can not look at the mission as one. There are many smaller projects being undertaken concurrently. Parking bays can be used later for loading and unloading subject matter for stores. Right now, it will be used as parking zone. The footpath can be finished in April after which the location will improve,” said an respectable.


Shop homeowners say they plan to demand parking for cars and two-wheelers. “Some customers just come to purchase one item and quickly depart. They can not park 500m away and stroll or take the cycle,” said Lakshmi Narayanan, a store owner.




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