Meanwhile my childhood playing area, Thir Vi Ka Park in Shenoy Nagar has been totally damaged. I feel atleast Bengaluru the ORR, NICE road and newer sections are better planned than the outskirts of Chennai like, ECR, OMR etc. Alternate roads are few and all the side roads are 20 feet wide, when houses come up only the main road can be used, 1 car gets parked and these roads are blocked.
Getting around in Chennai has become a surprisingly difficult task. I still remember comparing BLR and CHN traffic during a visit in 2006 when I had concluded that Chennai was definitely far better than BLR. But now IMVVHO, the tables seem to have turned. With due apologies to Bangaloreans, I must say that they are very close to losing their coveted title of 'traffic jam capital' of the country
Over the past 5 years, in several places in Bangalore, the traffic situation has actually improved (in relative terms of course!!) thanks to some investments that have been made in road widening, construction of flyovers and underpasses, completion of sections of ring roads/NICE corridor and of course, the completion of reach 1 of Namma Metro.
In the mean time, in Chennai, they did next to zero work - with the notable exception of a few flyovers, interchanges and roundabouts built by NHAI, next to nothing seems to have been done within city limits. Even some of the formerly 'posh' residential neighbourhoods such as Adyar/Besant Nagar in the southern part of town have turned into virtual parking lots and the same seems to be the case almost all over the city. The commissioning of MRTS in 2007 was a definite step forward but as SSridhar saar says, the work has not been taken to the logical conclusion and we are yet to reap the full benefits from it. After years of dillydallying, they haven't managed to complete the port connectivity road projects which would have helped the city's economy a lot.
Absolutely nothing has been done for areas such as OMR which has aspirations of being the city's alternate CBD - the place should have been a showpiece and instead what we have is a half-complete road minus the service lanes and of course zero grade separation of any kind along its entire 30-odd km length.
However, I am still keeping my hopes alive and hoping that GMR will do a good job on the ongoing ORR project.