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Vehicles moves at a snail’s pace due to pile-ups at three junctions on Sardar Patel Road, saysT.S. ATUL SWAMINATHAN, who was caught in the traffic snarl

Stagnant:Traffic was affected for more than an hour at Adyar on Thursday due to signal failure.Photo: M. Srinath
Stagnant:Traffic was affected for more than an hour at Adyar on Thursday due to signal failure.Photo: M. Srinath

On Thursday and Friday, motorists on Sardar Patel Road were fretting and fuming as the traffic signals on the road got stuck, causing traffic pile-ups.

The busy thoroughfare has three signals at three junctions, Third Cross Street (Kasturba Nagar) and Gandhi Nagar, Indian Institute of Technology-Madras and Gandhi Mandapam Road , Velachery and Little Mount. The personnel from Chennai Traffic Police were deployed at the junctions to regulate traffic.

“The signals should be rectified immediately. Traffic police personnel cannot be up to the task of regulating traffic on such a busy thoroughfare without functional signals,” R. Stanley, a motorist said.

“Despite getting the go-ahead from the traffic policeman, several motorists could move inch by inch because of a few others who did not follow lane discipline. They obstructed the smooth flow of vehicular traffic,” said Shalini Ashok.

“There was no space to walk. Pedestrians had to squeeze through the vehicles, to cross the road,” said K. Siva Kumar, employee of an IT company.

“It took me more than half-an-hour to reach Guindy from Adyar. I reached my office at Tambaram at 11 a.m.,” said M. Nagendran, a bus commuter.

Even when the signals function properly, the magnitude of the vehicular traffic on this stretch during the rush hour is such that vehicles can only inch forward up to the Adyar Bus Terminus, he added.

When contacted, Chennai Traffic Police officials said the signals would be rectified at the earliest .

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