Chennai’s Pondy Bazaar Gets City’s First Pedestrian Plaza

The plaza will serve as a major cultural hub for both adults and children with music, dance, and other activities. T Nagar’s Pondy Bazaar and Bashyam Road turn festive with fairy lights, music, and general festivities. Buildings and trees glowed with lights and pedestrians walked across the swanky new pavements, even as music boomed across the streets.

According to The News Minute, the city’s first pedestrian plaza was inaugurated at the junction between Pondy Bazaar and Bashyam Road in T Nagar recently. The much-awaited project was inaugurated by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami when he rang a bell at the junction where the pedestrian plaza was constructed. Chennai will soon see similar plazas at Anna Nagar, Thiruvanmiyur, Velachery and George Town.

According to reports, the construction of the pedestrian plaza began in 2018 at Rs 39.86 crore and the smart pavement was built for Rs 19.11 crore. The plaza will serve as a major cultural hub for both adults and children with music, dance and other activities to be hosted here. Smart pavements are those with benches, bollards at strategic locations to stop two-wheelers from using ramps and pavements and ramps for persons with disabilities.

Reportedly the inaugural event was attended by Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar, Municipal Administration Minister SP Velumani, Corporation commissioner G Prakash and principal secretary to the government, Harmander Singh. The project was conceived to enhance the shopping experience offered by Pondy Bazaar, which is a major shopping attraction in Chennai. With the construction of the new plaza, the number of shoppers expected to visit T Nagar is set to increase significantly.