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Accident-prone area made safe

S.P. Saravanan
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Authorities take steps to reduce traffic congestion on the highway

A view of the Thirumagal Bypass on Salem - Bangalore National Highway where more pedestrian fatal are taking place in Salem in Tamil Nadu on Thursday.- PHOTO: P. GOUTHAM
A view of the Thirumagal Bypass on Salem - Bangalore National Highway where more pedestrian fatal are taking place in Salem in Tamil Nadu on Thursday.- PHOTO: P. GOUTHAM

The City’s most-accident prone area, Kandampatti Bypass on the Salem — Bangalore National Highway 7, is all set to become free of accidents and traffic congestion as structural modifications are currently being carried out.

Traffic is also being diverted from Siddhar Kovil Road through the underpass of the Kandampatti Railway Over Bridge (ROB).

The area contributes to more than 40 per cent of the total pedestrian fatalities and is considered as the most chaotic and congested area in the urban centre.

This is because of the rice and wheat-laden lorries from the Good Shed Station that take Siddhar Kovil Road and turn right to reach the government godown, frequently disrupting the flow of vehicles on the National Highway.

Besides this, it is a junction place for buses from Sivadapuram Road, Siddhar Kovil Road, Namakkal, Madurai, Erode and Coimbatore.

This keeps the stretch busy throughout the day.

Hence, the city police, after a study, recommended to the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) engineers that closing the two road openings on each side of the National Highway is the only solution for preventing accidents. Police recommended that vehicles from Sivadapuram and Shevapet using the Siddhar Kovil Road can take the service road on both sides of National Highway and use the underpass of the Railway Over Bridge. To implement the project, encroachments have been removed in the area and road widening of roads is being currently carried out.

The area contributes to more than 40 per cent of the total pedestrian fatalities

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