Rampant and unchecked encroachments continue to eat up the road space adding to the snarl ups in several parts of the city as the encroachment monitoring committee, which has been formed to discuss and evict the encroachers, seems to be in deep slumber.
Since the encroachments target pedestrian platforms, pedestrians are forced to walk on the roads affecting vehicle movement. To curtail the encroachments, the encroachment monitoring committee comprising officials from state highways, city corporation, revenue department, and PWD convenes meetings once in a month to suggest action plans to clear the encroachments.
However, there has been no eviction drive in the recent months and those evicted encroachments are back on roads now. “The corporation’s plan to set up new parking projects is appreciable, but removing encroachments is the need of the hour,” P Aiyarappan, a resident of Allur, said. Though Heber Road, Sub Jail Road, and Madurai Road localities witnessed eviction drives recently, encroachments are back on the roads to trouble the motorists. “The encroachment monitoring committee continues to remains unproductive.
Representatives of common people, who are well aware of the city roads, should be included in the committee,” M Sekaran, member, Road Safety Council, said. While Trichy City Corporation claimed that they are frequently checking the encroachments, their claims were proved wrong at least in the case of Williams Road and Heber Road near Bhima Nagar.