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MONITORING: A policeman observing movement of vehicles from a watchtower installed in T. Nagar for the festival season.
MONITORING: A policeman observing movement of vehicles from a watchtower installed in T. Nagar for the festival season.

The police are gearing up to handle more vehicles and visitors to shopping areas this Deepavali, says L.Srikrishna

One-way is the only way. This seems to be the ‘mantra’ the police have found for managing the bustling traffic in the city.

With Deepavali only a few weeks away, a festive mood has started setting in at the shopping hubs thereby contributing to an increase in traffic.

This poses challenges to the police in terms of ensuring smooth flow of traffic and preventing haphazard parking of vehicles.

Besides the ever-increasing number of vehicles, the ongoing work to construct flyovers in the city also compels them to look for alternatives.

It is against this backdrop that the police recently introduced one-way restrictions in several areas, including T.Nagar.

Teething troubles are bound to be there, but only until the road-users get familiar with the new arrangement, according to police officers.

Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Sunil Kumar said such changes were being introduced only after a detailed study, conducted over two to three months.

Stretches could not be converted into one-ways overnight in a city with over 25 lakh vehicles, he pointed out.

A majority of road users have got used to the changes introduced some months ago on Sardar Patel Road and roads nearby, including a part of Anna Salai, he added. The change had facilitated in better road traffic management.

North Usman Road

In T.Nagar, the changes in traffic movement were necessitated since it is a major shopping hub. With flyover construction under way at three locations , this may be the last festival season when police would be introducing traffic changes. When the new flyovers become operational next year the traffic would be eased to a great extent, a police officer at Panagal Park said.

However, many shoppers visiting T.Nagar from neighbouring districts said they were unaware of the changes in the shopping area. They say that police should be more patient and provide guidance for people who are not familiar with the new traffic system.

Commissioner of Police G. Nanchil Kumaran on Friday said many road users have welcomed the one-way traffic system in T.Nagar.

He added that additional police staff would be deployed at vantage points in the area.

Watch towers have been set up on Ranganathan Street and near Doraisamy Salai and Panagal Park junctions, where pedestrian movement is high.

Apart from monitoring/regulating traffic, the police personnel on duty at the towers also caution public over the public address system to take care of their belongings and to be wary of tricksters, senior police officer said.

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