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Old 19th October 2009, 14:00   #286
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Nice pictures Roy. Not only have the advertisement boards gone, now even wall posters are banned in the 3 arterial roads which is how these paintings have surfaced.

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Another thing I really appreciate about Madras is that it is possible to crawl along at 5kmph beside the pavement without holding up rush hour traffic. These pics were taken at 10:35 AM.
Are you saying that the roads are broad ?
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Thanks for posting the pcis, Roy. Real good

The paintings are part of new Govt initiative I guess. Depicting Tamil art, culture etc.

What a change from the Film, Political Party posters to this!!
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Yes, these paintings are meant firstly to beautify the area and then keep away those wallpost stickers (cinema as well number political party) !
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Old 19th October 2009, 14:04   #288
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The idea to build one massive overhead road down the marina beach front, though is just monstrous and dreadful.
Actually Madras traffic is becoming more and more chaotic these days. The other day it took almost one hour to reach Thiruvanmiyur junction from Tidal Park at 6.30 pm - a distance of less than 2 km.

Kathipara used to be a nightmare before the flyover came.

During the time of the British, there was a bridge connecting besant nagar to Adyar just near the beach. We desperately need a overhead road to ease the congestion below. If it is built the right way, it need not be so dreadful.
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Old 19th October 2009, 15:01   #289
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Yes, the traffic congestion has got very, very much worse, even in the few years that I have lived in the city. I guess this is a subject for a whole other thread!
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The other day it took almost one hour to reach Thiruvanmiyur junction from Tidal Park at 6.30 pm - a distance of less than 2 km.
I avoid that short stretch of road; it is dreadful.

unashamedly --- I didn't know that a flyover was planned for Thiruvanmiyur until just today, when I read of its delay. It is much needed, but can you imagine how we will suffer while they build it!

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Yes Ginathom. It will be dreadful until they finish the bridge.

There is another thing to building bridges - they plan for the present traffic in mind when they build a new bridge. Unfortunately by the time they finish that the traffic would have doubled.

There was a time (not long ago - just about the year 2000 ), you could drive from Besant nagar to Santhom in less than 10 minutes ( a distance of about 8 km). Now it takes about 3 times as much.


BTW, looks as if you are a resident of Adyar neighborhood.
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Old 19th October 2009, 21:47   #291
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Further South, and less posh: Palavakkam, OMR side. All too familiar with Thiruvanmiyur junction --- and even with the canal-side road.
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Talking of flyovers, has anyone got a (day time) birds eye view pic of the MIT flyover? It's shape is unique with five ramps and a huge rotary in the middle. I live in the area, but could not manage a photo. This bridge has made a huge difference to us. There is a multi storey hotel nearby and it alone offers a vantage point to take a complete photo of it, but they denied me access to their terrace.

Here is what I found from Wikipedia:
The Chrompet Flyover is an elevated rotary type Interchange flyover that connects GST road (NH 45) with the Madras Institute of Technology gate.
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Old 19th October 2009, 22:05   #293
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i live in velachery and to get to adyar, the taramani road, SRP, Thiruvanmiyur would have been ideal. but after being stuck in the traffic chaos many a times now i am on the velachery road, little mount, rajbahavn, adyar, traffic is bad here , but not as bad and frustrating as the OMR, Thiruvanmiyur
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I even prefer to drive through Indira Nagar, 3rd Avenue, turn right onto Latice Bridge Road, and Left onto ECR --- rather than the much-more-obvious-looking OMR/Thiruvanmiyur route, even if coming from Raj Bhavan.

Regrettably, the lane from OMR to my local canal crossing has been replaced by an enormous hole.

Hey... We really ought to be in the spirit of this thread by providing photos!
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Nice pictures Roy...
Well, my wife took them, but I feel that I deserve some of the credit too since I was doing the driving.
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...Are you saying that the roads are broad ?
Yes. Very broad indeed and no speed breakers. A real treat for a Bangalorean.

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Madras is gradually beginning to grow on me. I quite like the pace of the city. If only the food were not so spicy.
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Really good stuff. Who painted these?
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hi roy, i suppose these paintings are from the walls of YMCA/Golf Course, Nandanam.

I saw the chaps ( hired by corporation ) paint these. I thought they did a good job
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Further South, and less posh: Palavakkam, OMR side.
Oh...OK...was in Kandaswamy Nagar 9th street last weekend for Deepavali !
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Just nextdoor, almost. Hey... you were having great fireworks!

Hmmm... , I guess...
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Just nextdoor, almost. ...
Yes.

From Paalavakkam to OMR, my cousin showed me a short-cut detour (oxymoron?) that made us go over a very narrow bridge, but, with a subsequent left and a right turn (TASMAC shop), brought us immediately to OMR.
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That's right, that's my shortcut too --- the bigger road is the one by the OMR footbridge, with the hole, but I hate that TASMAC lane, it is too narrow. Combination of goods carriers and drinking men, not good. One can access the canal-side from the road further down OMR, at the signal, but it is a very rough road.
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