TRICHY:At Palpannai junction for vehicles arriving from Thiruverumbur to enter Trichy city, officials from National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and city traffic police wing inspected the junction.
NHAI will be studying the congested junction to identify encroachments if any on the stretch. The Tamil Nadu Electricity Board (TNEB) will be asked again to shift a high tension (HT) pole preventing vehicles from taking the free left lane.
For a long time now, Palpannai junction located on the intersecting point of Chennai-Trichy NH 38 and Thanjavur-Trichy NH 83 has been a hotbed of traffic snarls. Since the stretch which links Thiruverumbur and Thuvakudi on NH 83 with G Corner and Ponmalai is too narrow for vehicles to take a left, the vehicles have to wait behind those heading straight to Gandhi market from the junction.
Though the issue was identified for about a year now, a solution has been evading it. “NHAI has agreed to study the Palpannai junction next week to see if any encroachment is there. Providing a free left lane is very essential since it is becoming very difficult for us to clear traffic manually,” a senior police official told.
Official sources added that undertaking eviction in case of encroachment on the stretch would free up space and help facilitate a free left lane. Meanwhile, NHAI sources pointed out the constraints as of now: relocating the HT electricity pole and a minor stormwater drain.
“Moving the HT line may cause the line to pass through a private property something the TNEB has been hesitating to do,” an official source with NHAI said. Post the inspection, authorities, however, maintained that a solution for the frequent traffic snarls at Palapannai junction will be fast-tracked.