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Frequent traffic jam near chatram busstand

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Frequent traffic snarls on Cauvery bridge-Mela Chinthamani-Chathram Bus Stand-Karur Bypass Road stretch in the city have raised serious questions about the efficacy of traffic management in force. Although some parts of Mela Chinthamani, particularly around Anna Statue, have been prone to traffic snarls for some time, motorists have been facing a testing time in recent days. Vehicle users, who happened to drive along Anna Statue road, Karur bypass road and Karur road and vice versa, invariably get caught in traffic jams even during non-peak hours.

Most of the motorists invariably have to spend at least 20 to 30 minutes to get through the arterial stretch. Vehicles could be seen lining up for a long distance from the traffic signal near Cauvery bridge to Anna Statue and then around Chathram Bus Stand and Karur bypass road. Motorists undergo suffering due to frequent traffic jams on College Road in Mainguard Gate too.The situation is chaotic around the Corporation’s water tank at Chathram Bus Stand. Taking advantage of the absence of designated bays for buses bound for Ariyalur, Perambalur, Kattuputhur, Thottiam, Thuraiyur, Chidambaram and Neyveli and other destinations, both State transport and private buses are parked on the roadsides. At any point of time, one can see at least three rows of buses, there by occupying about 70% of road space. The roads around the water tank eventually become narrow, making it difficult for the vehicles to move freely. Haphazard parking of cars, two-wheelers, auto rickshaws, pavement traders and hawkers have also added to the traffic woes.

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Blaming poor traffic management for the frequent traffic jams, locals and shop keepers say that it is not a one-day affair. It is becoming worse every passing week. It has turned out to be a nightmare since the beginning of shopping season from the first week of October in view of Deepavali. The possible surging crowds to the commercial hubs in the city in the coming days for shopping is expected to compound the traffic issue further. “One can hardly see any policeman regulating traffic around Chathram Bus Stand area.

It is high time to study the traffic woes so as to effect changes to ensure smooth movement of vehicles,” said S. Riyas, a resident of Thillai Nagar.

(source : The Hindu)

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