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Pedestrian plaza to enforce traffic rules on trial basis
After around one and a half year of construction works, the pedestrian plaza in T Nagar will finally be put into use in less than 10 days, as the Greater Chennai Corporation has decided to implement traffic regulations at the plaza on a trial basis before declaring it open.
According to a Chennai Corporation official, the Thyagaraya Road in T Nagar would be converted into a one-way stretch. “We are yet to decide on the direction of traffic, as the police and shop owners have contrasting opinions. During the trial, traffic will be allowed from one direction and it will be changed after a few days. This way, we can come to an idea about what is convenient,” the official added. The civic body, under the Smart City Mission, took up the pedestrian plaza project in T Nagar at a cost of Rs 33.80 crore. The works, which commenced in May 2018, are almost completed, and the plaza is awaiting opening.
“All the civic works are completed and the street furniture will be installed on the entire stretch in the coming week. Works on 14 streets along Thyagaraya Road is undergoing, where the vehicles of shop owners and shoppers will be allowed to park. However, parking will not be allowed on the pedestrian plaza,” he said. Meanwhile, the Chennai Corporation had removed garbage bins on the stretch to convert the road as a bin-free stretch. As many as 251 bins were removed from the pedestrian plaza, from which the waste are sent for recycling and composting.
Once the pedestrian plaza is opened, which is expected in less than two months, the civic body would conduct cultural events such as dance and music apart from art competitions. The Chennai Corporation is already conducting music events at the city parks at the backdrop of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) including Chennai in its Creative Cities Project under music category.