Proposal to go in for a detailed study to manage traffic

Increasing number of vehicles, traffic snarls at peak hours, and congested roads are an area of concern to all and Coimbatore’s cry for a comprehensive traffic management system saw hardly any measure so far.

However, there are signs of relief for the city’s traffic problems. The Department of Housing and Urban Development has proposed a Comprehensive Traffic and Transportation Study for Coimbatore.

K. Phanindra Reddy, Secretary, Housing and Urban Development, told presspersons here on Friday that though Coimbatore had a city road plan, it was decided to go in for a detailed study that would look at improving the public transport too and options for better traffic management. “It will give a mobility plan to the city,” he said.

The terms of reference would be prepared and bids would be called in a month to identify a consultant for the study. “When we prepare the Master Plan, we should look at transportation also,” he said. The provisions for several modes of public transport would be included in it.

The expanded Coimbatore Local Planning Area proposal was with the Government. “We are trying to overcome some technicalities,” he said. The Master Plan preparation for the entire area was on. “We want to come out with the Master Plan at the earliest.”

Skywalk

Mr. Reddy said Coimbatore so far collected Rs. 41 crore under the Infrastructure and Amenities Charges and Rs. 21 crore was spent on road works.

It was now proposed to have sky walks at two locations in the city, bus terminals at Vadavalli, Perur, Periyanaickenpalayam and Madukkarai and truck terminals at Karumathampatti and Booluvampatti. Land should be identified for the truck terminals. The Coimbatore Corporation would send the proposal in a week for a bus terminus at Vadavalli. It also suggested a truck terminal at Ukkadam. However, a feasibility study would be done for this. Truck terminals were important as it would decongest the city roads, he said.

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