For hundreds of commuters commuting between the southern parts of the city and Meenambakkam, it’s always a scramble to find a parking space at the metro station.
Meenambakkam metro station has limited parking area which is insufficient to meet the demands of commuters from Tambaram, Pallavaram, Chromepet, Anakaputhur and other nearby areas. To meet the demand, the Chennai Metro Rail Ltd. (CMRL) decided to expand the car park by building an additional floor.
“A few months ago, this station could accommodate nearly 500 two-wheelers. Then, to temporarily free up some extra space, we started allowing bicycle parking on the service road, which helped accommodate an additional 200 vehicles. The design is ready for the construction of this floor. We will launch a call for tenders soon and the work should start in four months. This will provide space for another 450 vehicles,” an official said.
Meenambakkam metro station handles nearly 3,000 passengers every day and the station receives about ₹9,000 per day in parking revenue. Revenues are expected to increase by at least 50% after the expansion.
But sources said the focus should be on providing last-mile connectivity for passengers, rather than expecting them to pay for parking and fare as well.
“Not all passengers will have a two-wheeler or someone to drop them off. After so many years, at least now, there should be a plan to bring shared cars or minibuses to all stations. This is what passengers need more than parking spaces, if we are to move them to public transport,” a source said.