School vans and buses plying children often vie for road space with heavily loaded trucks that exit the central warehousing corporation

It was originally meant to be a short cut for residents of K.K. Nagar and extension areas to make their way to junctions like Mannarpuram and TVS Tollgate that lead to the heart of the city. Today, CWC Godown road has emerged not only into a principal road but a traffic bottleneck during rush hours.

On any given evening, particularly on weekdays, the narrow road is the site of a traffic hold-up. At least half a dozen schools are situated along the extension of Godown road leading into K.K.Nagar, beginning with Alpha Group of Institutions up to SBIOA School.

School vans and buses plying children often vie for road space with heavily loaded trucks that exit the central warehousing corporation. Some of these trucks carry metal sheets and iron rods that jut out precariously. Caught in between are hapless motorists and cyclists. Mothers with kids riding pillion inching along slowly between trucks and vans jostling for space are a common sight. Infrequently, the road plays host to a brawl or skirmish at this hour.

Sometimes, the hold-up is brought about neither by trucks nor vans, but stray cattle who favour the road. Overflowing dustbins on the sides of the roads are feeding grounds for goats and cows of residents of Khajamalai, through which the road runs through.

Until recently CWC Godown road was a lane that offered a bumpy ride due to potholes. Though parts of the road have evened, some potholes remain. At nights, Pedestrians and motorists find themselves manoeuvring in the dark, with a major stretch of the road devoid of streetlights. Shanthi, an office-goer says, “Though I live in L.I.C. Colony, I used to take this road to get to the city as the main road is congested. But of late, the alternative has turned more cumbersome.”