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Commuters suffer as escalator near Tambaram Sanatorium stops working

Thousands of people who use Tambaram Sanatorium bus stop are at the receiving end of official apathy, as the escalator there has stopped functioning. This has hit the public particularly hard during the festival season when the movement of people is higher and also because the bus stop was declared as a special terminal for the special buses leaving to delta districts.

Commuters suffer as escalator near Tambaram Sanatorium stops working
The escalator.


The escalator located in the main junction in Tambaram Sanatorium was inaugurated around four years ago and was being used by thousands, including those working in the Madras Export Processing Zone (MEPZ) and the people who come to Tambaram court and Revenue office. Many are also visiting the place for shopping ahead of Deepavali festival.

The number of users increased exponentially after the State government announced the Sanatorium bus stop as a special bus terminal for long-distance services leaving to Thanjavur, Nagapattinam, Mayiladuthurai and Chidambaram. However, for the past few days, thousands of people using the facility are being forced to use the stairs with their heavy luggage after the escalator stopped functioning.

“The escalator is very important for the commuters at this time, as many are coming to board buses. The officials should look into the issue and repair it immediately,” said P Viswanathan, convenor, Chitlapakkam Residents’ Association.

Dinesh from Tambaram, who came to Sanatorium to board a bus, said he saw many elderly persons using the stairs with heavy luggage. “Most of them were unable to climb the stairs and were asking help from fellow commuters,” he said.

When contacted, Anbarasu, City Road Maintenance engineer, said he would look into the issue and rectify the fault at the earliest.

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