The pedestrian plaza in Chennai should have been a reality long back but that didn’t happen due to reasons common to all government projects. However, things now seem to be favouring the much-awaited T Nagar pedestrian plaza project with the Minister for Municipal Administration and Water Supply S P Velumani laying the foundation stone for the project.
Five years have passed since the project was planned and with the passage of time, some details of the project too have changed. Rs 33.8 crore project now has made provision for motorcycles besides buses. Also, cycle tracks will make way for battery-operated cars. The project entails provision of pedestrian-friendly footpath on the 1.45km stretch of Theyagaraya Road between Panagal Park and Anna Salai. The new design will ensure hassle-free wheel chair passage for the differently-abled and senior citizens. Also, you will find street furniture, play area, greenery, smart toilets, ornamental street lights, fountains and statues on this stretch.
Earlier the project was opposed by the local traders who feared that the project would pose a problem for loading and unloading of goods. However, with the provision of multi-level parking their concerns have been taken care of. The project is expected to be completed in a year’s time.