The Chennai Corporation and the Traffic Police will join hands to find a solution to the increasing number of obstructions on roads caused by haphazard parking in the city. A coordination committee on traffic obstructions, which will meet on the second Friday of every month, will discuss the emerging issues concerning traffic congestion in all the 15 zones.
With major infrastructure projects such as Metro Rail, flood mitigation project and mega city development mission under way, many roads are experiencing traffic bottlenecks.
The need for traffic diversions on account of the infrastructure works has made many interior roads crucial for connectivity between neighbourhoods. Motorists find it hard to negotiate the narrow interior roads due to haphazard parking.
The civic body, with the support of traffic police, will soon identify such roads that have developed new traffic bottlenecks because of on street parking. They will take steps to help residents who use interior roads and bus routes for parking.
Mayor Saidai S.Duraisamy, Corporation Commissioner D. Karthikeyan and Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Sanjay Arora held a meeting in Ripon Buildings on Saturday to sort out the issue.
“We will also come up with new parking regulations to remove traffic bottlenecks,” said Mayor Saidai S.Duraisamy. A major problem is the denial of permission by the traffic police to infrastructure work in different parts of the city. Over 650 works on several spots on the bus routes and interior roads are waiting for traffic police clearance now. The frequent extensions of the deadline for the works was said to be the major reason for denial of permission by the traffic police.