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Updated: October 31, 2013 08:29 IST

Underpasses at ORR turn nightmarish

  • K. Manikandan
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Residents suggested the installation of streetlights at underpasses to keep miscreants at bay — Photo: M. Srinath
Residents suggested the installation of streetlights at underpasses to keep miscreants at bay — Photo: M. Srinath

The absence of illumination along Outer Ring Road is causing severe problems to residents living alongside the stretch. Minor crimes and harassment of women and children are some of the problems experienced by residents of Rayappa Nagar and surrounding localities such as Amutham Nagar and Shanthiniketan Nagar ever since traffic was allowed on the stretch.

The ORR is yet to be officially inaugurated as it is incomplete. Vehicles enter ORR at various spots and travel on the carriageway. However, cement concrete barricades are placed at some points, forcing vehicles to take a diversion on the service lane. For the convenience of pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and cars, a couple of underpasses have been constructed below the elevated road between the intersections at Mudichur Road and Tambaram – Somangalam Road. After dusk, groups of people park their vehicles and make merry in these areas.

“People stop by, drink liquor and have dinner, and sometimes, create a ruckus and break empty bottles on the road,” said V. Rajasekaran, president of Rayappa Nagar Tiruvalluvar Residents Welfare Association, Varadarajapuram. He primarily blamed the absence of adequate street lighting. “Lamp posts have been installed along elevated as well as surface portions of the road, but they are not switched on as the project is still incomplete.

“They should install a few lamps inside the underpasses to keep miscreants at bay,” suggested D. Manohar, a resident. Residents said that in August, a woman was assaulted by a motorcycle-borne duo, which snatched her chain. Staff at Tamil Nadu Road Development Corporation said they would look into the grievances of residents.

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Whats is missing in the ORR infrastructure is: proper Exit ramps and
Entry ramps , in the highways. so what happened , these Service lanes
are assumed as exit and entry ramps, while
it is meant only for local mobility for pedestrians , motor vehicles.
What others things missing in the enforcement side: Firstly,
Right of way or Yield is missing in the traffic signs throughout
highways. For example: When you are entering highways , inflow should
yield. This "Yield" Signs can be used in local roads also. For
example: In kathipara junction, Guindy , while re-entering from Porur
towards guindy, signs should say yield for vehicles coming to Guindy
from the airport. Secondly, Keeping our lanes , so that last minute
stopping or braking doesn't occur. For example: "Airport Keep Left
Lane" just before Guindy railway station can avoid lane changes, with
ield sign for the vehicles entering GST from Race Course.
Lastly,minimize human intervention with Sustainable Infrastructure.

from:  Krishnakumar G
Posted on: Oct 31, 2013 at 09:18 IST
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