To develop a non-motorised transit system alongside various metro corridors in the city, the Chennai Municipal Corporation (CMC) has been planning to renovate all the roads and streets alongside metro corridors. The decision was taken keeping in mind the traffic issues and to develop a well-established non-motorised network in the city.
As per the civic body officials, under this, the municipal corporation has decided to refurbish all the streets by demolishing all the illegal structures and encroachments nearby metro stations. After the demolition drive, the civic body will develop a commuter-friendly zone that will include footpaths and bicycle tracks.
Giving more information on the above, a senior municipal corporation said, “The development of the non-motorised commuter-friendly roads will be done in various phases. The CMC officials have inspected areas such as Tiruvottiyur, Madhavaram, Manali, and Tondiarpet which are alongside metro corridors. The road along the Tiruvottiyur High Road has already been handed over to Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) for the development.”
He further informed that under phase-1 of the project, the 9.9 km-long Tondiarpet–Tiruvottiyur Road would be renovated as a non-motorised network. All the footpaths will be made pedestrian-friendly, as well as a four-lane, will also be developed for different vehicles.
“The civic body will also take help from the smart city project of various cities as well as T Nagar to implement this project smoothly,” Official added.
CMC has also been planning to develop various bicycle sharing systems alongside Anna Nagar metro corridor. These areas include Tiruvottiyur, Korrukkupet, and Tondiarpet. 25 bicycle sharing systems have already been created at various locations near Anna Nagar. Other 25 will be developed in Poonamallee and T Nagar and will be operational by July end. The authority informed that once the project will finish in North Chennai, the civic body will start work on the rest of the phases in other areas of the city.