Milind Soman is drool-worthy. But the next time a few Chennai women spot him, he is also going to remind them of horrible traffic choke-ups and missed train rides.
On Sunday, thousands of women in Chennai came together for the Pinkathon marathon, but it seemed to have did more harm than good. Many passengers missed their trains as the marathon caused heavy traffic near Chennai Central railway station.
The New Indian Express reported that people who took the roads from Marina Beach to Parrys corner, George Town or Central railway station were diverted near the MGR memorial. The traffic was diverted near the Labour statur, Periyar stature, Muthusamy road and Parry’s corner.
More than 8000 women were part of the marathon. Pinkathon is held in several cities across the country to create awareness about breast cancer.
A passenger had taken a cab from Besant Nagar to Central railway station to catch Shatabdi Express at 7:15am, but due to the heavy traffic, it took her about two hours to reach the railway station from the MGR memorial and she missed the train, according to TNIE.
The passengers complained that instead of one, two lanes were given to runners for this particular marathon. A senior officer told TNIE that they were following orders by allowing the runners to run on both sides of the road.
Not only the passengers, auto-drivers also had a hard time due to the marathon. Autos and cabs struggled to reach the central station and had to take long routes to reach the station. Some drivers near the venue of the marathon were unable to take their weekend trips.
Pinkathon was organized by the United Sisters Foundation, founded by Milind Soman. It is being held for the fourth time in Chennai.