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Mixed reaction over barricades

T. MADHAVAN
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Violating rules: Peolple are forced to cross the median in the absence of a pedestrian crossing. Photo: K. Pichumani
Violating rules: Peolple are forced to cross the median in the absence of a pedestrian crossing. Photo: K. Pichumani

While the residents of the Fourth and Fifth Main Road are happy as the barricades at the intersections of the Third Avenue at Anna Nagar East have been reinstated, the pedestrians find the arrangement difficult.

The residents wanted the police to seal the intersections due to chaotic traffic. But in the absence of a traffic signal, the pedestrians find it difficult to cross the intersections.

Welcome the move

S. Ganapathy, a senior citizen, said that prior to the reinstallation, traffic at this junction was highly disorganised. “Two-wheelers and four-wheelers would take a ‘U' turn from all directions from either side of the Third Avenue and Fifth Main Road.”

He said that minor accidents have happened at this junction in the past which have gone unregistered as they ended up in compromise between the parties concerned.

Motorists said that it has become a smooth drive from Anna Nagar Circle to New Avadi Road.

Thaliath Kurumbil, a motorist, said that putting up barricades is a welcome move, but it is not a permanent solution. These barricades were earlier removed by commercial establishments on both sides of Third Main Road as their businesses suffered a setback. He said that a signal at the 5th Main Road intersection is the need of the hour.

“Since the beginning of this year, the traffic police have been placing and removing barricades causing inconvenience to hundreds of students and residents at Anna Nagar East,” he pointed out.

Pedestrians' woes

It is the pedestrians who are worst hit by this new traffic arrangement, as there is no provision for them to cross the Third Avenue Road. The only pedestrian crossing available is near the mosque and elderly people struggle to walk down the distance from IV Main Road to reach J Block.

K. Saranya, a school student, said that students and the elderly have to jump the concrete medians in the absence of a pedestrian crossing. Claiming that a safe pedestrian crossing is urgently needed near the mosque, Fourth and Fifth Main Roads, she said that reflectors should also be fixed on the ‘zebra crossings' to safeguard the pedestrians from being hit by vehicles.

Syamala, a mother of two children, said that the present effort to regulate the traffic by closing the intersection of Fifth Main Road and Third Avenue is a problem for pedestrians and may end up in more accidents.

Residents speaking to Downtown said that a few students going by bicycles find it difficult to cross this junction. “We request the officials to install the traffic signal at the earliest.” they added.

T. MADHAVAN

The residents and motorists are happy about the new traffic arrangements, but not the pedestrians.

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