After Bus Day disaster, Chennai students want Metro Rail day

Last Updated: Mon, Feb 20, 2012 11:37 hrs

Ideas are never a problem for the college students of Chennai. The ban on the Bus Day celebrations has given them reason to celebrate.

College students have now taken a 'vow' to observe Metro Rail day, from next year, instead of the banned 'Bus Day' celebrations, which has annoyed the city.

The how and where to celebrate are being chalked out, according to, and the students have reportedly pledged to make Metro Rail Day the mother of all traffic stoppers. The viability of roping in the out-of-work 'Chennai Sangamam' troopers to lend colour and music to the event is also being mulled.

Chennai Sangamam is the mid-January festival, which celebrates the state's folk arts, and was the brainchild of Kanimozhi, MP and daughter of DMK chief M Karunanidhi.

The Sangamam petered out last year after IT raids on the Sangamam offices, and due to Kanimozhi getting busy with other things.

But that is another story.

The students have taken matters into their own hands and have decided to put to good use the Sangamam's drums and other equipments. And they have decided to be generous too.

They plan to deck out the MRT coaches as well, and go in for synchronised blowing of the horns on an hourly basis from 6 am to 9 pm. And at the end, celebrations will end with the bursting of crackers at the final point of the 45.1km stretch of the Metro Rail.

And since 2013 will be the inaugural year of the Metro Rail, students are determined to pull off so many stunts that equal Rajinikanth's gravity-defying moves in his movies. They also plan to carry a giant placard of Rajinikanth with the words: 'Please forgive us, thalaiva' to mark their stunts.

The mood among the students is totally upbeat since the Madras High Court has banned only Bus Day celebrations. In fact, it did so on March 2, 2011, with the rider that any violation would attract contempt proceedings. But the students went ahead and celebrated Bus Day despite that on February 9 this year, as did the students at Pachiappa's College.

Not caring about being a nuisance to women, children and the old that travel they went ahead with their rituals that day.
Of course, a couple of public interest litigation followed, and the judges passed orders on January 15 holding the police and college managements responsible if such incidents were to recur.

The judges did not say anything about Metro Rail though and the students seem to fancy using that as the loop hole to take their stunts to another mode of transportation.  And students who have seen their celluloid heroes do all kinds of things on trains now want to better them – hence the call for Metro Rail Day celebrations.

The genesis of Bus Day celebrations can be found in a simple gesture first made by a batch of college students decades ago. Those were the days when farewells meant tears and hanging out under trees in campuses. And thanking teachers and staff for the jolly good times they enjoyed during their stint as students. Then some of them were inspired to thank the bus crew -- in a manner that is a nuisance to the ones looking for a quiet ride home.

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