With city dwellers eager to shop ahead of the festival of lights, all roads leading to NSB Road were chock-a-block with vehicles leading to prolonged traffic jams. N.S.B Road, a popular commercial hub known for housing a number of textile showrooms,
Teems with shoppers looking to buy clothes and sweets for Deepavali. Alongside the main establishments, wayside sellers are also found in large numbers along Singarathope, Big Bazaar Street, Nandhi Kovil Street, Chinnakadai Street to cash in on the Deepavali demand.Since Friday evening, the volume of traffic has been on a steady rise putting traffic cops on their toes. “There are traffic policemen deputed in several corners but they are unable to regulate the incoming crowd. Passengers alighting at the Chathram bus stand and walking towards the Mainguard Gate take up half of the road while buses plying towards West Boulevard Road block it entirely. Ever so often, a bus stopping at the Mainguard Gate bus stand brings traffic to a standstill,” said R. Shyamapriya, a shopper.
The city traffic police, who are trying to pull all stops to regulate the traffic say that a few stubborn shoppers who refuse to abide by the rules cause big traffic jams. “Some people want to stop their cars right in front of the vendor and buy things,” says a traffic cop stationed outside Bishop Heber Higher Secondary School.Designated paid parking spots, which have been temporarily set up by the city traffic police to help the public, are few and insufficient, say shoppers. Two-wheeler parking spots are at the Corporation ground between Holy Cross Girls Higher Secondary School and Banana Leaf Restaurant; Yanaikulam Corporation grounds and Bishop Heber Higher Secondary School grounds,
while four-wheelers can be parked on the Old Goodshed Road, Fort Station parking lot and Bishop Heber Higher Secondary School grounds. Four-wheelers are also allowed to be parked on Old Goodshed Road, Fort Station parking lot and the Bishop Heber Higher Secondary School grounds. While the Railway lot and the corporation grounds are charging Rs. 30, the schools are charging a base price of Rs. 40 with an addition Rs. 10 every hour, said a traffic policeman.
“People are willing to travel in their cars and two-wheelers but are refusing to pay a small price to park their vehicles. It is difficult to coax them,” he added. “The parking spaces are far from the shops and it is difficult to walk to the shops, especially with children in tow,” said Nirmala.
“We parked our vehicle at the Fort Station lot and had to walk all the way to NSB Road, crossing the road and climbing over medians,” she said.“Even large commercial establishments have no parking spaces. Large crowds, especially from outside of the city travel to shop from here. Had the City Corporation completed the multi-level parking lot, a large volume of traffic could have been accommodated,” she said.
(source : The Hindu)