V.S. Palaniappan

Coimbatore: Officials are drawing up long-term and short-term plans to improve road connectivity and traffic management in the city to decongest its arterial roads.

At a meeting of the district level committee attended by District Collector Neeraj Mittal, City Police Commissioner C.K. Gandhirajan, and Corporation Commissioner P. Muthuveeran, proposals for link roads, ring roads, truck terminals and bus terminals were recommended under the Jawarhalal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission.

Officials of the highways, Corporation, and local planning authority and representatives of various public fora took part.

The short-term proposals include 12 link roads connecting Avanashi Road with 100 Feet Road, Tiruchi Road, Vilankurichi Road, Sathyamangalam Road, Peelamedu Road; and Avarampalayam Road, Brook Bond Road with Mettuppalayam Road. More link roads connecting Tiruchi Road with the airport (via SIHS Colony), Sathyamangalam Road with Mettuppalayam Road, Thadagam Road with Perur Road, and Perur Road with Madukkarai Road have been suggested. The road width will range from 40 to 80 feet.

The long-term plans include five ring roads with width ranging from 40 to 60 to 100 feet. These include one that will connect Nanjundapuram with Singanallur (along the railway line, for which land acquisition needs to be done); an outer ring road connecting L&T bypass road with Mettuppalayam Road at Periyanaickenpalayam; an intermediate ring road connecting NH 47 with Mettuppalayam Road (at Thudialur) via Kalapatti, and a road from Ukkadam connecting Mettuppalayam Road via Selvapuram and Pappanaickenpudur. A road connecting Kuniamuthur with Mettuppalayam Road at Pannimadai meant for outbound traffic is suggested.

Flyovers are proposed at the Lakshmi Mills Junction and Gandhipuram and at railway level crossings at Kurichi, Sanganur 7th Street, Vilankurichi Road, Avarampalayam and the Kikkani School crossing at Ram Nagar. Bus terminals are planned at Thudialur, Kurumbapalayam, Chinniampalayam and Kavundampalayam.

Truck terminals

Truck terminals are suggested at Neelambur, Malumichampatti and Irugur. There will be multi-level parking facilities at Thyagi Kumaran Market, Jail grounds, Uppukinar lane and R.S. Puram. Besides, 12 subways are proposed at road junctions including at railway station, Flower Market and Ganapathy Bus Stand.

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