S. Anil Radhakrishnan

Railways plan traffic regulation

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Railways have chalked out plans to ease traffic snarls in front of the Thiruvananthapuram Central Railway Station and Ponnara Sreedhar Park at Thampanoor.

The entry of all vehicles, except those carrying VIPs, to the portico of the Central station will be restricted. All four-wheelers bringing in commuters to the station will have to proceed through the three-lane road in front of the building to designated alighting points near the Railway’s cash office.

This will ease the present congestion and prevent illegal parking of vehicles near the portico, booking counters and ramp. Also, commuters will have better access to platforms as the footbridge is close to the new alighting point.

Autorickshaws entering the station premises will have to take a right turn and drop passengers at a designated bay in front of the portico. Three-wheelers can enter the queue for pre-paid autorickshaws from here or leave the premises.

All class of vehicles proceeding to the parking lot, on the left side of the building, should drop the passengers at the alighting point before entering the lot. The road leading to the parking lot had been widened to six metres to avoid congestion.

The parking area for taxis will be shifted from near the temple to the left side of the parking lot. The 47 taxis which are paying licence fee will be provided stickers.

“The plans have been finalised and steps are being taken to implement them soon. We have taken the taxi drivers into confidence as there was some resistance initially,” Divisional Railway Manager Titus P. Koshy said here recently.

The Railways have also worked out plans to provide entry to the 6,000-square metre parking lot from the left side of the flyover near the W&C Hospital at Thycaud.

By acquiring a small stretch of land from the hospital, a road can be constructed beneath the flyover to the parking area. The vehicles leaving the parking lot can enter the New Theatre-W&C Hospital road.

Mr. Koshy said the Railways will soon approach the State government for getting land from the hospital for providing a second entry to the parking area.

Henceforth, parking of vehicles near the station building will not be allowed. This step is being taken as part of strengthening security, Divisional Security Commissioner, Railway Protection Force, K. K. Ashraf said.