Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam general secretary Vaiko has urged the State Government to convert the present four-lane East Coast Road to six-lane road in view of the increasing traffic and consequent accidents. In a statement here on Monday, Mr. Vaiko said when the road was inaugurated in 2001, the traffic density was 3000 vehicles per day. Now it had increased manifold and it would likely increase still further in the coming years. Simultaneously the number of accidents had also increased. There was no guarantee for safe travel for vehicle operators though they were paying heavy toll.

As the existing four-lane road would not be sufficient to cater to the increasing road traffic, he wanted the State to widen the road. Besides the government should provide adequate medical facilities and warning signs at important junctions along the ECR.