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Old 12th September 2020, 20:38   #3316
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There is talk of some integration going on, but for now I am taking the "Cash Only" toll gates as I dont want money to be deducted from my Fastag
I don't think Fastag works in Navalur toll plaza and Thoraipakkam satellite toll plaza. I entered the Fastag lane by mistake and though I had Fastag on my car it was not detected and there was anyway a person at the toll who swiped my LRP and off I went.
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Old 13th September 2020, 21:29   #3317
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Fastag was enabled on the Kelambakkam to Kovalam link road toll plaza when I was there 2 weeks back. I'm going there after 6 long months and it was introduced recently I believe.

I handed out cash to the operator but he said amount was already deducted from Fastag and off I go. One less place to worry about for tolls.
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Old 13th September 2020, 22:21   #3318
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Could someone help me with where I can get PUC done for my
car in Chennai? I'm staying in Pour but I am willing to drive further if there are no centres here.

If possible I would like to ask for Google map links since I am new to Chennai and not familiar with the landmarks and localities yet.

Thanks in advance for the help. Cheers
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Old 13th September 2020, 22:51   #3319
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Could someone help me with where I can get PUC done for my car in Chennai?
Here's a link where you can check pollution centers around Chennai. Hope this helps!
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Old 14th September 2020, 09:47   #3320
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Went from Vandalur via Kelambakkam to Kovalam and onto ECR yesterday for a drive with family.

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1) Fastag doesn't work at the toll booth at Kovalam junction.
2) Toll booth operators wear latex or woollen gloves to avoid contact with us. Meanwhile we all rub our fingers vigorously with their gloved unwittingly. Damn, I should've taken some hand sanitiser along.
3) A zillion cars crossed over to Kovalam beach.
4) A trillion cars were parked all along ECR from Kovalam all the way till Madras Crocodile Bank (~ 3-4 km). Everyone's bored of lockdowns and is heading out to unpatrolled beaches outside of Chennai city limits. Beaches inside city limits are off bounds.
5) On second thoughts - scratch the " unpatrolled" word in the last. There were patrolling cars. Who're they going to fine really though? Entire middle class Chennai is out there in their Kia Seltoses and Honda Cities.
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Old 15th September 2020, 00:47   #3321
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1) Fastag doesn't work at the toll booth at Kovalam junction.
Fastag worked at Kovalam ECR toll when I went 2 weeks back, not sure if it's a temporary problem now.
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Fastag worked at Kovalam ECR toll when I went 2 weeks back, not sure if it's a temporary problem now.
Yeah. I got a Fastag SMS yesterday that my tag was scanned at the booth the day before yesterday. I need to make sure I saved the paper cash receipt somewhere so that I can reverse the fastag charge.
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Old 19th September 2020, 17:19   #3323
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Went on a quick drive to Gingee Fort today morning. Had an opportunity to experience the new flyovers at Vandalur and during the return leg, the Pallavaram flyover.

Has definitely eased traffic, took only 45 minutes from Chengalpattu toll to my house near the airport. But the flyover surface is extremely bumpy and poor.

Side Note : Ridiculously heavy traffic from Perugalathur, felt like driving on a city road rather than a highway and whatever little traces of road manners/courtesy was present before the March has completely vanished. Everyone is driving as though they are in GTA.

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Ridiculously heavy traffic from Perugalathur, felt like driving on a city road rather than a highway and whatever little traces of road manners/courtesy was present before the March has completely vanished. Everyone is driving as though they are in GTA.
Yes, people are driving with abandon. It's like they set out from home like King Theoden did on his horse before charging at the enemy in the 3rd Lord of the Rings movie ("ride now, ride for ruin and the world's ending. Death! Death!! Death!!!") It is simply too dangerous to go toe to toe with such maniacs. I tried driving from my home near Vandalur to Kattangulathur yesterday. It felt awful. I came home.
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took only 45 minutes from Chengalpattu toll to my house near the airport.
Not bad at all. What time of the day was this?

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Ridiculously heavy traffic from Perugalathur, felt like driving on a city
Its always been like this before lockdown too. The feeling I get the last 3 years is, it is faster to do T. Nagar Tambaram (the 30-40 odd mins it used to take in the 80s still holds0 than Tambaram-Chengalpattu. Took GST yesterday just to try the Pallavaram and Vandalur flyovers, and boy was I disappointed. The T.Nagar-Chengalpattu bypass took a cool 1:45 hrs. I wish I had taken the usual ECR which would have taken at least 15-20 mins lesser even though it is about 30 km more.

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