Thanking Chief Minister Jayalalithaa for according sanction “on principle” for construction of new bridges and among other infrastructural facilities for the district on behalf of people of Madurai, Collector Anshul Mishra said at the road safety meeting that the highways engineers had been instructed to examine the possibilities of constructing elevated highway in the city.

Speaking at the meeting held at the Collector’s office on Friday, attended by officials from the police, transport, PWD, Corporation and Highways departments, Mr. Anshul said that considering the rise in vehicle population, Goripalayam and Kalavasal were two important intersections where bridges had to be built. The engineers have been told to study the spots and begin works in that direction.

As for the suggestions received from consumer forum representatives and other road users on the need for setting the defects in intersections like Fatima College junction, Sivaganga Road junction, Rameswaram Road junction, the meeting discussed point-by-point with the technocrats. Similarly, the engineering defects on the stretches near Transport Nagar and Parambupatti on the Ring Road respectively, the members drew the attention for early correction as they were leading to road accidents.

The design of speed-breakers came up for discussion as many among them were not user-friendly. Proper caution signboards on speed breakers and other traffic signs like “no horn zone” et al should be displayed so that it would be an indicator to the motorists.

The violation of rules by many share auto drivers was pointed out during the meeting. The Collector instructed the Transport Department to intensify vigil on those who disobeyed the MV Act and if warranted he also directed them to seize the vehicles and impose heavy fines. Only by strict enforcement and visible policing the violators could be disciplined, the officials were told.

With contributions from various corporate sectors, the Collector instructed the PWD to commence work on setting up a “traffic park” on road safety at the Vandiyur park. This would educate the children to understand the traffic signs and the need for obeying the Motor Vehicles Act.

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