The Chennai that I left back is never the Chennai that I see today. That’s a common statement that we here from NRCs [Non Resident Chennaites] who keep rambling that how good Chennai was in those days when compared to the present. On the other hand we have these patriotic Chennaites who vow to live and die in Chennai even if there is an acute water scarcity. And if you ask them why, they would reply that Chennai still remains the heart of cultural /conservative India.
Apart from the New Yorker restaurants, Leather Bars, the Pasha discos of Park Sheraton and the re-opening of EC 41 on the East Coast Road there are quite a few things that’s makes Chennai better and even the so called patriotic residents and the NRCs fail to capture.
One such amazing thing is the drive to build a median from Guindy to Tambaram on the GST Road. From Tambaram it gets connected with the existing median that runs from Tambaram to Chengalpat. This new median stands at 3ft in height and 2 ft wide and is mostly continuous from Guindy to Tambaram. What’s the big deal about this?
The median that is built now is being made of cement with huge rocks and building blocks. It is also artistically curved at the ends that give a nice appearance. It isn’t one of those yellow painted grills laid as median, which you often find in Chennai. We used to jump over them when we go to colleges. Super heroes, huh!! Those are old humbug solutions. This one seems like a long time solution, probably.
And the interesting thing (!!) really, is that there are water pipes running inside these medians and there are these hanging plants/crotons that are planted throughout the whole stretch. Give another 2 months and see the drive from Guindy to Tambaram becoming a scenic ride to glory with all those greenish plants hanging in from the center of the road. Already Hutch, Airtel and most of this money spinning (read sucking) companies are adopting these medians for a particular distance. They pay the gardeners and make sure the plants are properly maintained.
The only hitch that I see here when some lorry driver who is on his high should crash onto these medians thereby damaging the median. I don’t have high hopes on the highways dept to repair all such damages immediately. Such acts may bring us back to square one.
But we are talking about the hanging gardens of Chennai here. Finally I am happy to get a scenic bike drive on the GST road to my workplace. I would love to have it soon.