J. R. Shridharan
Chaotic scenes during peak hours at Subhash Chandra Bose statue centre near Kotha Vanthena
VIJAYAWADA: A traffic island that is slightly larger than the required size and vehicle users' tendency to throw rules to winds contribute to the chaotic scenario during peak hours at Subhash Chandra Bose statue centre near Kotha Vanthena, an otherwise trouble-free junction.
The traffic flow at the junction is, by and large smooth, except during peak hours, mainly due to the wide roads around the junction. Traffic emerging from the busy Sambhamurthy Road and moving towards Government Music College, Kotha Vanthena and Ashramam street (a link road right opposite the bridge) converge on the junction, making it an important one in the area.
Many local residents and road users feel that the traffic island at the centre is larger than the required size. The huge circle becomes a hurdle when heavy vehicles such as buses and lorries coming from Sambhamurthy road and moving towards Kotha Vanthena Bridge and Government Music College (Chamarthy Road) block the traffic for want of space. The scenario turns worse if a few buses reach the junction around the same time. The absence of a traffic constable to sort out the pell-mell adds to the confusion.
Says T.Ch.R Krishna Prasad, an advocate: "The island is the main hurdle. Municipal Corporation authorities should reduce its size to allow buses to take a quick turn. Especially during morning and evening hours, when a good number of two and four wheelers hit the road, the situation turns worse."
The junction also experiences a problem that many junctions in the city are witnessing - pushcarts and rickshawallahs slowing down the traffic. "They seldom follow traffic rules. They park their vehicles and pushcarts close to the roads, thus preventing free flow of traffic," feels Harikrishna, a tea stall owner on Sambhamurthy road.
Another glaring glitch is lack of traffic sense among vehicle users. Most of them, especially those coming from Sambhamurthy road and proceeding towards Kotha Vanthena, never use the island while taking a U-turn. They prefer the shorter and easier way of cutting into the opposite traffic coming from the bridge.
"Same is the case with vehicles coming from Kotha Vanthena and moving towards Chamarthy road. They too avoid the island and zoom past the vehicles from wrong side," says Mr. Harikrishna.
Local residents also acknowledge that the removal of Satyanarayanapuram railway colony gate has considerably reduced the traffic jam. "Whenever the gate was closed earlier, the traffic on Charmarthy Road used to come to a standstill. Not any longer," Mr. Harikrishna points out.