Monday, September 17, 2007

Kathipara Impact

Chennaites are painfully aware of the construction happening at the southern gateway to the city. A flyover is coming up near Kathipara junction just north of the Airport and that is causing quite an havoc.

It's a fairly common site to see traffic piled up in all directions at Kathipara, regardless of time of day and I am used to that by now. But, what I experienced last Friday has brought in a new dimension to the Kathipara construction and its impact on supply chain of the rental car business.

The three rental companies are generally brimming with cars and usually actively solicit clientèle. But last friday, none of them had any cars available. Reason: You guessed it right.. Most of their cars are stuck somewhere due to Kathipara construction.

Even at 10:30 PM in the night, I had to wait for over half an hour to get a car and another hour and a half stuck in the traffic.

Generally jungle law prevails in the Chennai Roads and in places like Kathipara it is far worse. Everyone is tired, grumpy and would go over anything to get to their destination. Compounding the lack of discipline is the lack of governance. The entire construction site was pitch dark and no one seemed to be regulating the traffic. There was an ambulance stuck ahead of us in the traffic with its sirens blaring. But no one seemed to care or could make room for the ambulance to pass.

I am not sure if there is any remedy. The only remedy is to have the flyover construction is completed ASAP. Do you know when the flyover construction would be completed? Is it Dec 07 or Dec 08?