The need to connect the service lanes across several minor bridges along the city stretch of the four-lane Tiruchi-Chennai Bypass Road has been deeply felt by the vehicle users. There are at least four such places along the city stretch of the road where service lanes across minor bridges have not been linked. It is essential that these service roads be connected to segregate the city traffic from the highway corridor.

N. Jayaprakash, member of the State consultative committee of Rural Development Department, called on the Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways in New Delhi recently and submitted a petition seeking steps for the laying of continuous service road on both sides of the Chennai Bypass Road.

He said the road always wears a busy look and the service road laid for the exclusive use of traffic towards Tiruchi city is not continuous. At some places, where minor channels cross the service road, it has not been laid.

In the absence of continuous service lanes across the minor bridges, vehicles enter the four-lane carriage way on the wrong side, resulting in frequent accidents.

Mr. Jayaprakash said that the Union Minister has assured to take favourable action soon. Many consumer organisations too have raised the issue of linking service lanes with the main road with the NHAI authorities.