Residents of Chennai’s Ambattur, Thiru Vi Ka Nagar seek better transport service – Times of India

Chennai News

CHENNAI: More than 15,000 families in Ambattur have been demanding a mini bus service in their locality for the past many years, while 220 families in Thiru Vi Ka Nagar, 15 km away, have been waiting for enhanced public transport system.
Members of residents welfare associations in both localities recently made representations at the public consultation meeting organised by the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA). S Suresh, president of United Welfare Associations in Ambattur, said running more small buses will reduce use of private transport. “Most people use bikes to reach the Ambattur OT bus stand, market and railway stations. Apart from pollution, this causes traffic snarls due to haphazard parking,” he said. The forum comprises associations of six neighbourhoods including Vivek Nagar, West Balaji Nagar, DTP Colony, Urani Maiyam and Lenin Nagar. “There are more than 15,000 families living in these areas. If minibuses can connect these localities with arterial roads it will be of great help.”
R Sathyavel, secretary of Vivek Nagar People Welfare Society, said a minibus used to ply from Gnanamoorthy Nagar to Senthil Nagar in Ambattur, linking the railway station. “People used this bus instead of bikes. Even senior citizens relied on this to reach the market. It will be helpful if such services are reintroduced. We shell out 100 on autorickshaws even for short distances,” he added.
J Seshagiri Rao of 50-year old Ramamoorthy Colony Residents Welfare Association in Thiru Vi Ka Nagar, comprising motre than 220 families, bus services, especially mini bus, were needed to Ambattur. “A lot of people travel to Ambattur for work, but there is no direct bus.”
A senior MTC official said residents can submit a request and necessary action will be taken.