Mohan Kumar, a resident of T Nagar, said that for those looking to skip the time-consuming traffic signals on Anna Salai to reach Saidapet, the street is an ideal bypass. “But the already narrow street gets more congested. Presently, there is a construction work in progress that has left very little space for commuters and barely any space for pedestrians,” he said.
He also pointed out that the T Nagar bus stop nearby makes several two-wheelers take this route to avoid using the busy Usman Road. “The authorities should take note of it. There is a lot of mayhem near T Nagar and Saidapet due to the heavy traffic. The streets offer us a big relief and are ideal bypass routes,” he said.
A senior official from Zone 13 of the Greater Chennai Corporation admitted that encroachments were a serious issue in the locality. “We have been taking efforts from our side to remove them time and again. We will look into this street as well,” he added.
He added that action is taken against those dumping construction material on the street, hindering movement.
However, a resident of Jafferkhanpet, V Sekar, said that much of Saidapet is reeling under encroachments and questioned the inaction on part of the civic body. “There is a similar scene played out on West Jones Road, where you will see buses plying at snail’s pace. You will find several bikes parked on either side of the road, reducing the road to a thin strip. To top it all, the locality is heavily populated. The authorities have done nothing to reduce encroachments,” he said.