S. Anil Radhakrishnan
Works on City Road Improvement Project and laying of pipelines moving at a snail’s pace
Major traffic curbs
at Bakery junction
to be posted at
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: With educational institutions reopening next week and the monsoon setting in, the chaotic traffic condition prevailing in the capital due to road development works and laying of pipelines under the JBIC-assisted drinking water project are set to worsen.
The woes of motorists and pedestrians will be compounded with over 500-odd vehicles of educational institutions likely to resume service from June 1. In addition, hundreds of two-wheelers, autorickshaws and four-wheelers will be back on the roads to ferry children from the home to the school and back.
With the works under the City Road Improvement Project (CRIP) and water project moving at a snail’s pace, the motorists will have to bear with the traffic snarls and congestion at least for the time being.
At present, major traffic curbs prevail along the Bakery-Panavila junction. The traffic restrictions have been imposed to facilitate the construction of the flyover at Bakery junction. Although the traffic curbs imposed in the busy stretch is not giving much headache to the motorists and the traffic police, the situation may turn worse with the reopening of schools and colleges.
As majority of educational institutions are on the Vellayambalam-Thycaud stretch, chaos is likely as the movement of vehicular traffic will be on the higher side through the Bakery junction after June 1. The buses of Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) are being diverted from Bakery via Xanadu on account of the works. Although War Memorial-VJT Hall junction stretch has been opened for two-way traffic, utter chaos prevails here with snarls extending up to the Public Library during peak hours.
The delay in shifting the bus stops near the Government Fine Arts College, Trida’s Saphalyam complex, illegal parking of vehicles on the roadside, lack of synchronisation of traffic signals and placing of traffic cones near the mouth of the service road leading to Bakery had been pointed out as the main reasons for traffic snarls.
Along with this, many busy stretches like Kuravankonam-Marappalam and Kuravankonam-Ambalamukku in the city and suburbs have been closed for laying pipes. Traffic sources said it was unlikely that the works in these stretches would be completed before June. Several busy stretches were the pipes have been laid under the project are yet to be resurfaced.
A senior traffic official told The Hindu that the issue would be discussed at the highest level and steps would be taken to avoid traffic snarls. The present traffic curbs would continue in Bakery.
“Additional police personnel will be posted in main junctions and in front of the schools from June 1. We will seek the assistance of local police also,” he said. To avoid the delay in Overbridge and to ensure smooth flow of traffic, new traffic signals had been installed.