The road that ought to be 50 feet is only around 20 feet
For those who wish to see, understand and experience what a traffic bottleneck is, the Peelamedu Main Road in Sowripalayam is an ideal spot. For about 600 m, the road that ought to be 50 feet is only around 20 feet.
This means, explains S.P. Thyagarajan, a resident, that if a bus were to move on the road, it would be difficult for a two-wheeler to move comfortably in the opposite direction.
He is one of the thousands of residents, who suffer day in and day out by being forced to take the road.
Unfortunately, buses from various parts of the city pass through the road almost every five minutes. And when they do, it is difficult for the residents.
When two buses, or a bus and another four-wheeler enter the road from the opposite directions, vehicles get piled up at both the ends.
Then at one end, the vehicles will have to reverse until vehicles at the other end have enough manoeuvrable space to move ahead.
This is just a daily phenomenon but almost an hourly phenomenon, says A. Maria Stephen, secretary, Krishna Nagar Residents Association. He says there are over 30,000 residents of GRG Nagar, Krishna Nagar, Annai Velankanni Nagar also those from Uppilipalayam, Udayampalayam and Masakalipalayam.
The worst period is during the mornings, between 8 and 9.30, and evenings, between 5.30 and 7, says V. Valarmathi Vellingiri, Councillor, Ward 65.
She has raised the issue in the Council.
She says that the Corporation made an effort to widen the road prior to June 2010, during the run up to the World Classical Tamil Conference, by marking the road boundary and areas to be acquired. Thereafter the civic body did nothing much.
She says that people who have encroached upon the road space and those whose lands are to be acquired are ready to cooperate with the Corporation. The civic body should seize the opportunity to widen the road at the earliest.