Streets around Kapali temple go one-way

The North Mada Street in Mylapore has been made one-way to bring down traffic around the famous Kapaleeswarar temple.
Cops regulating motorists after the new arrangement on South Mada Street in Mylapore on Wednesday
Cops regulating motorists after the new arrangement on South Mada Street in Mylapore on Wednesday

Chennai

Karthik Nagarajan, a resident of Mylapore for more than 20 years, was pleasantly surprised to see that the North Mada street was made oneway from Wednesday morning with cops guiding the traffic through the new rules. This gesture is special to Karthik because in April he wrote a post on Chennai Traffic Police’s Facebook wall suggesting some traffic re-arrangements. 
“I have seen Mylapore being consumed by traffic. Now, no body has a chance to enjoy the beauty of the neighbourhood. I had a plan, which I thought would help ease the traffic,” says Karthik, adding, “The North, East, South Mada streets and RK Mutt Road are two-way. In my design, I made North Mada Street one-way where the traffic moves towards East Mada Street, leading towards the South Mada street, that joins the RK Mutt Road.”
The Chennai Traffic Police acknowledged Karthik’s post and replied, “Your response is noted by us.” On Wednesday, Dr R Nataraj, MLA of Mylapore Constituency, on his Facebook page posted: “One of Mylapore’s biggest assets is the Kapaleeswarar Temple. 
It’s our duty to preserve it and keep it clean and neat. It is with this intention that this new mechanism has been introduced.” There were several comments on social media that appreciated the move done as part of the beautification plan being implemented by Chennai Corporation. 
“We had regular interactions with the public and traffic around the temple. The one-way rule had been already existing but wasn’t properly implemented. So this time, we decided that motorists follow all the rules. Also, we plan to introduce the motor-free days, on the same lines as the car-free Sundays in Besant Nagar,” he says. Residents hope that the new rule solves the traffic woes.
“The authorities must now look into removing the illegal encroachments,” says S Sarada, a Mylapore resident.

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