Will Chennai Metro stations be pedestrian friendly?

I have had the opportunity to look at the upcoming Vadapalani station of Chennai Metro Rail. Although it is in the segment from Koyambedu to Alandur (which is ready to be inaugurated as and when the AIADMK government stirs itself) the station is far from prepared as of today.

I found some work going on in haste this afternoon.

What really troubles me is whether it is fit enough for mass pedestrian access of the kind that Chennai Metro keeps talking about. The approach from the west (from the SIMS Hospital of SRM) is weak, there is no strong footpath to take a rush of passengers, and even the one leading into and out of the station is small. To the east, the situation is not very different. Even during the construction, Chennai Metro Rail Limited has not provided good pedestrian segregation here, and when it rains, this site is surrounded by water.

Apparently, cooperation between the State Highways, CMDA, Chennai Corporation and CMRL is weak.

By contrast, there seems to be a wide gap for vehicles on either side, one leading to a big shopping mall behind. Will this be used to operate feeder transport services or for use by assorted vehicles including private ones?

Here are the photos I have from today and the past couple of days.

The slim footpath that actually leads to the staircase into the station. Is there a ramp? Photo: G. Ananthakrishnan

The slim footpath that actually leads to the staircase into the station. Is there a ramp? Photo: G. Ananthakrishnan

Vadapalani Metro station entrance April 19, 2015

The actual entrance to the station, behind which there is a hall, and ticketing area. Photo: G. Ananthakrishnan

Chennai Metro Vadapalani station April 19, 2015

The alignment of the Chennai Metro Vadapalani station on the elevated track, between Koyambedu and Alandur segment. Photo: G. Ananthakrishnan

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