Villivakam Subway, Chennai

Villivakkam is a neighbourhood located in ChennaiTamil Nadu. It is a residential area known for famous temples. It is surrounded by Kolathur in North, Padi in East , ICF and Perambur in West and Anna Nagar in the South.

Indian Railway lines crosses through Villivakkam which divides it into north and south part namely North Jaganatha Nagar and South Jaganatha Nagar. People reaching Kolathur and North Jaganatha Nagar from Anna Nagar and Vice versa have to wait for the Railway Signal to cross the railway crossing near ICF. So there was a demand by the North Chennai people to construct a subway beneath the track to reach either sides. The subway was constructed over a period of seven years at a cost of around Rs. 34 crore. Villivakkam Subway was started on 4 December 2007 and was inaugurated on 19 June 2012. After many delays the bridge was constructed and surprisingly it made every one to wonder how it was constructed below an active railway track fearing of fast trains passing over.The 447.50-m-long subway also has a bicycle or walking lane of 2.5 m width. People cross the roads in this lane easily. The subway is provided with drainage facility too, however during rainy season, water stags over the road and takes few hours to drain. Rather saying this subway connects North and south Villivakkam, it conencts North and South Chennai as well.

The subway is laid on the Redhills road which conencts Redhills easily from Anna Nagar and Villivakkam. However the road is crowded now, after the subway was opened. The road crossers find difficult to cross the roads near the subway starting point and the road is also small. There is a demand by the people of this area to extend the Redhills road that will make easy for the transport. There are also few Government buses passing through this subway reaching Redhills and Poombukar Nagar.

There is also demand for operating Mini Buses between Villivakkam Bus Terminus and Perambur through the subway linking Srinivasa Nagar and also the surrounding Areas like Sidco Nagar, Kolathur, Anna Nagar, etc.

People from South side of the Subway are seen driving smoothly and safely. However vehicles from North side passing through the subway are found rushing and very aggressive which affects pedestrians and road crossers.  Now one can see a Police Man appointed to watch the crossing area for any issues dues to traffic. Since people driving  from market nearby also join the starting point of subway, sometimes traffic jam happens in the South side of the Subway.  School children and Senor Citizens feel disturbed to walk through the streets nearby and to cross the roads, since the traffic rushes aggressively.  There is also a demand by the people on VIllivakkam to the Government to control the traffic and provide a space for pedestrians, considering school children and Senior citizens.

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