Staff Reporter

Curbs on heavy vehicles in city during peak hours

40 constables of Armed Reserve Camp, 30 women personnel deployed60 new bus bays to be constructedCurbs imposed on parking near schools

Thiruvananthapuram: With more vehicles entering the roads following the reopening of educational institutions in the capital, the traffic police have initiated a series of steps to avoid traffic snarls at busy junctions during the peak hours and to ensure free flow of traffic.

As per the new traffic regulations, heavy vehicles, especially lorries and trucks, are being diverted from Balaramapuram, Poojappura, Peroorkada, Mannanthala, Paruthipara, Sreekariyam, Nalumukku and other entry points during peak hours.

Traffic policemen, equipped with wireless sets, have been deployed at these junctions to ensure that heavy vehicles do not enter the city between 8.30 a.m. and 10.30 a.m., according to Circle Inspector of Police (Traffic North), M. Radhakrishnan Nair.

At the main gate of the Mar Ivanios College at Nalanchira, four traffic policemen and a flying squad have been deployed during peak hours to avoid traffic congestion.

More personnel

To avoid congestion in the Geethanjali Hospital-Sree Moolam Club junction and to ensure smooth flow of traffic along the Vazhuthacaud-Vellayambalam stretch, additional traffic police personnel have been pressed into service.

Traffic authorities are asking drivers of private vehicles that bring school children to not park vehicles on the roads leading to the schools. In the case of St. Mary's Higher Secondary School and other schools in Pattom, authorities have asked drivers to park these vehicles on Chalakuzhy road.

The decision to provide 40 constables from the Armed Reserve Camp and another 30 Women police constables to the traffic wing has come as a big relief to the officials. The service of the women police constables is being used mainly for the morning shift that commences at 8 a.m.

Zebra crossings

The traffic police have also initiated steps to give a fresh coat of paint to the zebra crossings and road markings along the main thoroughfare of the capital.

The National Highway department and Roads and Buildings wing of the Public Works Department have commenced work to paint the zebra crossings and lane markings.

In addition to the segregated bus bays being constructed, the traffic police have identified 60 places for constructing bus bays in the capital.

According to the traffic official, the Roads and Buildings wing of the PWD will construct the 60 bus bays.

The move to set up a small traffic island in front of Asan Square had come in for opposition, traffic sources said.

Since the commissioning of the underpass, utter confusion prevails in the University Library-Asan Square stretch.

Already, two motorists, including a woman, have been killed in the stretch. At present, traffic personnel are posted during the day to ensure that vehicles go round the square.

According traffic officials, the narrowness of the newly widened Keltron junction-Museum stretch and the anomalies in surfacing of the Pattor-Nalumukku stretch have been taken up with the authorities.

With the road divider and the road in the same height in the Pattoor-Nalumukku stretch, autorickhaws and two wheelers cross the road divider taking other motorists by surprise.