The heavy traffic on roads, and narrow footpaths keep pedestrians and commuters who use public transport in Aluva a harassed lot.

Like their counterparts in Kochi, pedestrians in Aluva are condemned to rely on the narrow footpaths while commuters using public transport have to wait in the open for their buses.

The most glaring example is the busy Bank Junction, where the flow of vehicles is chaotic without traffic signals or policemen to man the junction.

Heaps of waste that spring up occasionally close to the footpaths make life difficult for pedestrians while parking of vehicles, especially two-wheelers close to or on the footpaths steal away the space reserved for the walkers.

Chairman of the municipal council M. T. Jacob said waste management measures adopted by the municipal authority has so far been successful. He said only non-segregated waste was not being collected from households. Segregated waste was being disposed of at the facility owned by the Kochi Corporation at Brahmapuram.

The lack of lighting at some of the busiest stretches of the roads in town was also a major problem, said K.V. Sudhakaran, Opposition councillor.

He said the current waste management system adopted by the municipality was not sustainable and that the authorities had failed to launch a waste disposal facility that was planned earlier.

He also said lack of lighting on the Railway Station Road, Pump Junction, Paravoor Junction and Thottakkattukara was a serious issue for the town’s residents. Unrestricted parking of vehicles was also causing a lot of hardship to pedestrians on many roads in the town, he said.

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