Chennai Park rivals Churchgate for passenger density

I used to think that the average weekday was crowded for Chennai Park suburban railway station. Today, Sunday, I found the train at 3.15 to Beach crowded, and the mass of passengers exiting at Park rivalling Churchgate in Mumbai.

Chennai Central is going to be one of the most important centres for the upcoming Chennai Metro rail system, as it will have interchanges to the inter-city rail Chennai Central Station, Gummidipoondi/Arakkonam, to the Metro line to Anna Nagar, Tiruvottiyur, and to airport in the South.

Looking at the crowds, I wonder whether there is enough room for people to move smoothly in all directions. At present, there is only a one-and-half feet sidewalk along the station side that leads to the main Central entrance. It is difficult to navigate due to the sheer volume of people, and the poor civic conditions. Note the yellow staircase in the background in the photo, which one must use to enter Central from the Park station side, via a short pedestrian subway across the road.


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