CUMTA – Experiencing the Citizens Life
On 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.