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Measures to address traffic congestion due to metro works

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Traffic gridlocks have become common in Kochi, especially in places near metro worksites.— Photo: Vipin Chandran
Traffic gridlocks have become common in Kochi, especially in places near metro worksites.— Photo: Vipin Chandran

In view of the sharp rise in vehicle gridlocks in the vicinity of Kochi metro work sites, the traffic coordination committee has introduced a slew of measures to decongest traffic in the city.

In a meeting held on Wednesday, the panel decided to reroute vehicle traffic through alternative routes and relocate bus stops, in addition to deploying more Home Guards for traffic regulation. The measures have been formed with a special emphasis on the bottlenecks in city traffic and the next phase of preparatory works.

Briefing on the decisions, ADGP (south zone) K. Padmakumar told reporters that the decision with regard to enforcing strict traffic regulations would be taken ahead of the upcoming monsoon season. “The traffic situation appears to be worse in Kaloor, North and SA Road regions and we plan to complete the relocation of bus stops by May 7 with the progress in construction works’’, he said.

To address the shortage of traffic wardens, a joint meeting of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation and the traffic officials will be convened soon. Based on its outcome, a proposal with regard to raising the number of traffic wardens will be submitted to the Chief Minister at the high-level meeting on May 7.

To ease the congestion in Kalamassery with the deviation of vehicles to the Container road, vehicles coming from the Thrissur direction will be directed to the road from Paravur Junction in Aluva via UC College. Further, construction of roads in the land acquired for widening the National Highway will be carried out in a short order.

With the barricades blocking the view of drivers and leading to accidents, a decision to reduce the height of barricades has been taken. Further, the cameras monitoring traffic, which were removed to enable metro work, would soon be reinstalled.

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