சென்னையின் சாலைகளில் . . .

(On the roads of Chennai . . . )

Chennai faces more than its share of traffic congestion . . . this photo was taken at a gridlocked junction . . .

Most of the roads now have central medians . . . these medians have definitely helped in reducing the number of road accidents in the city . . .

Waiting for the green signal . . .

The renowned Anna University (அண்ணா பல்கலைக்கழகம்) is a very old engineering university that also acts as an affiliating university for other engineering and technological institutions across the state of Tamil Nadu now . . .

Chennai has a national park within the city limits . . . wild animals are found at the Guindy National Park . . .

Deer are said to have freely roamed across this stretch of road when the traffic was sparse a long time ago . . . if they step on this road now, the magnificient creatures would probably be killed by speeding vehicles😦 . . .

Chennai is home to several automobile factories . . . all Hyundais are made in Chennai, as are all Mitsubishis, Fords and BMWs, Ashok Leyland buses and Royal Enfield motorcycles . . . while Renault and Nissan cars will be made here as well . . . (the Standard Motors factory closed down a long time ago)

The automobile industries require vendors of auto components . . . there is a big presence of automobile component manufacturers as well, like Lucas TVS . . .

Autorickshaws (autos in Chennai Tamil) can be found in every corner of the city . . .

The traffic police have begun enforcing the rule specifying the compulsory wearing of helmets . . . this has helped in bringing down the number of serious head injury cases in hospitals . . . but it looks like more men follow this rule when compared to women😐 . . .

Waiting in line behind a black car to fill up the tank at the fuel pump . . . with the notorious international killer corporate oil mafia👿 determined to rob Earthlings of our hard-earned money, we have to visit the fuel pump more often than before😦 . . .

The buses of Chennai

மாநகரப்பேருந்து சென்னை (The Metropolitan Transport Corporation of Chennai- MTC) operates Chennai’s buses . . . they have introduced more comfortable buses like this one with a pneumatic suspension and ventilators on the roof . . .

. . . and this one with doors operated by the driver to prevent travelling on the foot-boards . . .

Destination Thailand in Chennai? The MTC rents out advertising space on the buses . . .

This one is a தொடர் பேருந்து (thodar perunthu) or a vestibule bus! The citizens of Chennai don’t like to cut down trees to pave the way for double-decker buses, so we have these long vestibule buses that can carry the same number of passengers as double-decker buses! . . .

This is Chennai’s inter-city bus terminus . . .

. . . intra-city buses pick up passengers from inter-city buses in a separate terminus for MTC buses within the main terminus . . .

Cars and motorcycles and scooters parked at the inter-city bus terminus . . .

The MTC buses are the lifeline of Chennai city . . . the buses are used non-stop during the day . . . this leads to older buses breaking down . . .

The MTC also operates a few late night services for the convenience of those who travel at unearthly hours . . .

The terminus is ISO 9001 certified . . . Chennai speaks தமிழ் (Tamil), one of four languages in India that are classified as national, official and classical . . .

All photographs were taken by me on the roads of Chennai. They are copylefted! You can use them, but providing an acknowledgement and a link to this blog would be considered as civilised behaviour!🙂

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11 Responses to சென்னையின் சாலைகளில் . . .

  1. vishesh says:

    lol🙂 namma city,namma life🙂 that was radio city’s old punch lineu🙂

  2. francina says:

    ***an interesting illustrated report Raj!***

  3. Sakhi says:

    i felt deja vu reading about chennai… it is like reading about ahmedabad! Same traffic problems here and on top of that the municipality had dug up every where for BRTS. every where you see, u find debris… come rains and a lot of casualities are going to occur.

  4. SS says:

    Nice Raj! I will be in Chennai for a day sometime later this year. Of course, I have extended family there, but it’s always nice to see different perspectives🙂

    By the way, are the night bus services safe for women?

    I’m glad public transportation is improving and I hope it continues to do so.

  5. leafless says:

    Wait until you visit where I live. It is ten times worst.

  6. Vishesh,

    Namma Chennai, namma city, namma Radio City!😉 🙂
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    Francina,

    Moltes gràcies!
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    Sakhi,

    Our cities seem to be bursting at the seams😦 I hope no one is injured due to the debris when it rains😐
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    Snigdha,

    Thank you! I guess you are a daughter-in-law of Chennai🙂
    The night bus services themselves are quite safe for women. However, it would be better to have someone pick up women if they have to walk a long distance after getting down from the bus late at night. In any part of the world, dark nights can be unpleasant for strangers to travel😐

    Public transportation is improving. The MTC has also introduced airconditioned buses on some routes. It is a comfortable option as it is always hot and humid here. And thanks to an order of the Madras(Chennai) High Court, all new buses are low floor buses and some buses are equipped with special devices for the differently abled.
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    Leafless,

    Sad to hear that. Unfortunately, traffic congestion seems to be a global problem😦

  7. kanagu says:

    nice photos… chennai rocks!!!! I am loving it🙂

  8. sreenidhish says:

    good picts.. chennai rocks🙂

  9. Kanagu and Sreenidhish,

    Thanks, my friends! Chennai rocks, for sure!🙂

  10. jai says:

    good to see the photos of chennai in web for NRE’s.
    Keep up your work.
    Many thanks dear.

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