The number of barricades on Velachery Main Road proving inadequate, accidents have gone up in this locality,says K. MANIKANDAN
Gowrivakkam on Velachery Main Road which is about five kilometres from Tambaram, has become an accident-prone zone as the road has narrowed. It is one of the few locations on 21-kilometre-long stretch of State Highway 48 where road widening work taken up in 1999-2000 has been left incomplete due to land acquisition issues.
Recently, a senior-citizen succumbed to injuries after he was hit by a motorcyclist. He was crossing the road when the accident took place. A few months ago, a college student was critically injured when a speeding motorcyclist hit her. She recovered after a fortnight of hospitalisation. Occurrence of minor and fatal accidents is frequent on the one-kilometre stretch between Sembakkam and Gowrivakkam bus stops. It is a bottleneck near Prince College bus stop due to the presence of a couple of structures, which the State Highways Department has not been able to acquire due to procedural hassles. In July 2008, five were killed in road accidents at various places on the main road in a single day. Kancheepuram District Administration decided to erect raised medians after the incident.
Barricades and sand-filled drums with reflective stickers have been placed on Bharathiar Street, where a senior police officer recently moved into. “Bharathiar Street is just a lane, why should such safety measures be put in place when they ought to be provided on the main road,” asked S. Kishore, a resident.
In response to this criticism, the Traffic Police said that they had provided barricades and drums at many places which includes Sembakkam and Gowrivakkam bus stops, and at the intersection of Velachery Main Road and a road leading to Nanmangalam.