On the lines of the pedestrian plaza in T Nagar, Chennai Smart City Limited announced that the M.C. Road market area in Old Washermanpet and Khadar Nawaz Khan Road in Nungambakkam would be converted into a pedestrian plaza.
“The two pedestrian priority projects at M.C. Road and Khader Nawaz Khan road show that the government is committed to providing safe, inclusive and vibrant streets for all users. This is in line with the budget 2021 announcement made by the Finance Minister that pedestrian-friendly and disabled- friendly streets will be provided in all urban areas,” said an official.
The Hindu reports M.C Road pedestrian plaza is expected to be developed along the 850-metre stretch by integrating the Robinson playground.
While the road is 1.9-km long, high pedestrian footfall is experienced in 800 metres of commercial area.
The pedestrianised street would be developed along the market stretch with shuttle routes that incorporate the Metro station and bus stop.
Inspired by the pedestrian spaces in Singapore and Spain, the first pedestrian plaza in Chennai at T Nagar was built with around Rs 38 crores and inaugurated by the then CM of Tamil Nadu Palaniswami in November 2019.