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CHAOTIC: Road users defy traffic rules at Krishna Lanka fire station junction making travel hazardous in Vijayawada. - Photo: Ch. Vijaya Bhaskar
CHAOTIC: Road users defy traffic rules at Krishna Lanka fire station junction making travel hazardous in Vijayawada. - Photo: Ch. Vijaya Bhaskar

J.R. Shridharan

Crossing National Highway 9 a risky ride for residents of Krishna Lanka

VIJAYAWADA: For the residents of Krishna Lanka, crossing National Highway 9 to enter the arterial Mahatma Gandhi Road is not only a heroic task, but also a risky one.

With all kinds of vehicles, plying non-stop on the busy highway, both pedestrians and vehicle-owners undergo tremendous stress while crossing the road day in and day out.

The junction near Krishna Lanka fire station, despite the presence of a traffic constable and a home guard to assist him, look chaotic right from morning and reaches the new high in the evening. Adding to the confusion are RTC buses, which, instead of stopping at the designated bay, come to a halt anywhere passengers wish, thus choking the free flow of traffic.

`Most dangerous'

Says traffic constable P. Srinivasa Rao: "This junction is most dangerous one, as the scope for accidents is more. Despite warnings, pedestrians and two-wheelers seldom observe traffic rules. They try to cross the road despite vehicles zooming on either side. The evenings are more messy due to the increased number of vehicles." Not caring for the vehicles, pedestrians, mostly students and employees, cross the roads at their will.

"It would be better if they group together so that we can stop the vehicles on either side and let them cross. The pedestrians hardly follow the rule," complains Mr. Rao. This NH 9 stretch is considered a death-trap, for many died due to accidents.

Adding to woes

The erratic auto-rickshaw drivers, keen on soliciting passengers, stop their vehicles on either side of the road, adding to the din.

Says Malleswara Rao, a resident of Krishna Lanka: "The only solution is to construct a flyover, which eases the traffic congestion."

However, CPI(M) corporator Donepudi Kasinath feels that a bridge connecting the Krishna Lanka and MG Road near Nirmal Hrudya Bhavan for pedestrians will ease the traffic congestion.

"The authorities should also install traffic signals so that there will be some orderliness among the road users," he feels.

"It is time for authorities constructed a flyover from Thummalapalem, connecting Sundarayyanagar katta and Kanakadurgamma Varadhi linking the National Highway 5. This master plan, if implanted, will solve the perennial traffic problem of Krishna Lanka," he says.


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