Traffic and transportation, which has been the major problem faced by the road users of suburban areas among other issues, came up for discussion at a meeting between the representatives of Traffic and Transportation Forum and the Chennai Suburban Police Commissioner, S.R. Jangid, held recently at St. Thomas Mount.

The members of the forum submitted a memorandum to the Police Commissioner to address various grievances besides providing suggestions to ease traffic flow in the suburban areas.

Speaking to Downtown, they said that so many factors such as improper town and country planning, insensitive attitude towards traffic rules, improper timing for office and schools, encroachment of roads by traders and vendors, illegal parking of vehicles on the Bus Route Roads (BRR), explosion of vehicle population and lack of road space have made commutation a major hurdle for the suburban citizens.

At present, the Metropolitan Transport Corporation is running about 3,500 buses with over 30,000 trips and commuting about 40 lakh passengers. Due to the recent increase in area of operation, the utility of suburban passengers has increased by 16 per cent, they said. They suggested for formation of Traffic Wardens and formation of Community Based Traffic Liaison Groups.

Open House Meet

They said that open house meetings should be conducted once in three months exclusively for traffic and transportation with CLG, Residents Welfare Associations and NGOs. Other suggestions made by the forum include, removal of Flex Boards in all the six Police Districts, removal of encroachments on the BRR and removal of sand deposits on either side of the BRR.        

Staff Reporter