Metro Rail pillars put to innovative use

By D. MADHAVAN  www.thehindu.com

Numbers written in black inside a small circle filled with yellow, mark the concrete pillars built by Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) on the Jawarharlal Nehru (JN) Main Road and Grand Southern Trunk (GST) Road, between Koyambedu and St. Thomas Mount.

While the numbering is a procedure enabling easy count of the pillars, they are being put to innovative use by a section of the public. For commuters travelling in share autos and maxi cabs, between Koyambedu and St.Thomas Mount, using 100 Feet Road and GST Road, these concrete pillars signify ‘stops’. To inform share and maxi cab operators where they want to alight, these commuters just tell them the number of a concrete pillar.

“This form of identification makes it easy for new comers to navigate a region. They can get to a place, though its name eludes them. For outsiders, numbers are easier to remember than names of places,” says K. Rahul, a tourist from Pune, who has used the numbers on the pillars while travelling in this region. The method of going by the markings on the pillars helps share auto and maxi cab drivers as much as it helps commuters. More info

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