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Decongesting Vytilla: modifications in traffic flow suggested

John L. Paul
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Plan to divert vehicles from Thammanam side through service road of NH bypass

Inching forward: Traffic blocks are a routine affair at Vytilla Junction during peak hours. — Photo: Vipin Chandran
Inching forward: Traffic blocks are a routine affair at Vytilla Junction during peak hours. — Photo: Vipin Chandran

A few modifications in traffic flow are mooted to decongest the ever-busy Vytilla Junction. This is in keeping with the initial phase of the bus terminal-cum-mobility hub being commissioned by February end, when over 2,000 Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) and inter-district private buses would begin service from the terminal, which is under construction on the north-eastern side of Vytilla Junction.

Buses to be diverted

Among the proposals is to widen a narrow turning and a 20-metre portion near the temple on the western side of the Vytilla bridge. This would enable diversion of buses and other vehicles proceeding from Thammanam towards Vytilla through the service road of the NH bypass on the eastern side of the bridge, said Assistant Commissioner of Police (Edapally Traffic) K.S. Baby Vinod.

“The aim is to reduce the number of vehicles that cross the bypass from Thammanam, causing traffic hold ups on both sides of the bypass.”

Once the 20-metre stretch is widened, vehicles diverted from the western side of the bypass would be able to reach the eastern side through the underpass and service road beside the Vytilla bridge.

On their part, the police, civic agencies and the district administration would have to curb parking on these service roads. They would also have to put up no parking boards and remove street vendors and other encroachers from the service road and Vytilla junction.

District Collector M. Beena said that the proposals to decongest the junction have been taken up with the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) that owns the NH bypass and the service roads. “They have promised a field study,” she said.

New road

Another proposal is to build a road that would link the proposed bus terminal with the Vytilla-Pettah road. This would provide buses leaving the terminal with an exit route. They would enter the terminal through the Kaniampuzha road that is currently being widened into a 10-metre-wide stretch up to the Kaniampuzha bridge.

A senior PWD engineer said that the Kaniampuzha road would have to be widened and extended up to the Airport-Seaport Road so that there is a new road running in the east-west direction, thus decongesting the Vytilla-Tripunithura road.

There is a proposal to acquire land beyond the eastern side of the Kaniampuzha bridge.

The extremely-narrow Vytilla-Pettah road would very soon be widened into a 30-metre-wide road, to enable it to accommodate the hundreds of additional buses that would exit from the bus terminal.

Flyovers

The NHAI would have to speed up its project to build flyovers at Vytilla to ensure the steady flow of vehicles through the junction.

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