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CUMTA – Experiencing the Citizens Life

DSC02867On 20th of April, 2013, a group of top Officials from Government of  Tamilnadu did a tour of Chennai City. Some of the officials who participated were: Mr Phanindar Reddy I.A.S, Secretary MAWS, Mr Rajaraman I.A.S, Secretary Special Initiatives, Mr Vikram Kapoor, Commissioner, Corporation of Chennai, Mr Navneet, Asst. Commissioner (Works) CoC, Mr PP Rajendran, Managing Director, MTC Chennai, Mr Kumar, IES, On Deputation CMRL, Ms Geeta, Asst. Planner, CMDA among others.

What was most unique about the tour was that the officers commuted by public transit (MRTS / Suburban/MTC) & walk all along. The aim was to experience the challenges faced by citizen at the various Interchange points. Footpath standards were discussed. Accessibility was the prime focus of the tour.

None of the officials were informed of the route to be taken till the last moment. The point was well taken and all through the journey the discussions were filled with how things can be improved for the citizens.

7 Comments

  • Navaneethan / April 29, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    And then??

  • bharat / April 30, 2013 at 3:24 am

    well said navaneethan!

    but here is the question to you. you read this article then what? nothing i guess! here are a group of officers who actually did what we all dream of! and see only in movies.
    we should appreciate them and hope that this percolates in the mindsets of the officials below.

    for one, from subsequent meetings you can be sure that officials will seriously look at better pedestrianization.

    when was the last time you saw a red beacon car empty and the rider on an MRTS train?

  • Navaneethan / May 2, 2013 at 5:22 am

    Oh, I’m not doubting the sincerity of the officials – I was pleased to see that they’d taken the trouble to actually navigate the city as citizens do.

    The reason for my comment is that I want understand about the officials’ thoughts after they completed this exercise. Where did they see major hiccups in public movement in Chennai? What do they plan to do about it? What sort of timeframe can we expect? (hopefully before the next election, because things seem to reset every time the state has one)

    I just want more information! This is a great development, so please keep up us updated.

    I’m not sure what you mean about the ‘red beacon car’. I don’t live in Chennai now, but I like to travel by bus, train or on foot whenever I’m home.

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