Chennai Metro|Issues haunting Chennai Metro Rail users

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Chennai: Months have passed since the grand inauguration of the city’s Metro Rail service. And, commuters using the Koyambedu CMRL station have grievances to voice. The main cause of concern seems to be access to these stations.

For first-time riders, locating the Koyambedu station off Poonamallee High Road in Tiruvallur street, seems to be a daunting task owing to the inadequate number of signages leading to the station.

The entrance of the station, strangely, overlooks a junction with traffic moving from Poonamallee High Road to Koyambedu market, joining the arterial road. And yet, there seems to be no skywalk, subway or even a pedestrian crossing to help commuters cross over from the junction to the station.

S. Ram Prasad (name changed), a commuter said: “The lighting on this road is insufficient making it rather unsafe, especially for women travelling at night.”

The station sports a narrow footpath, but the poor lighting makes the space difficult to use, he added.

Another grievance he voiced was that the parking space has not been provided with cover even though commuters are levy parking charges from Rs. 5 to Rs. 40, for two wheelers and four wheelers ranging.

Another concern seems to be the stray dogs which are seen roaming the parking spaces despite the presence of security personnel.

Officials of Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) said they are constructing a foot overbridge from the station that will become operational in a month’s time.

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