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BOTTLENECK: A view of the traffic-congested Chellappandian traffic island at Vannarpet in Tirunelveli. Photo: A. Shaikmohideen
BOTTLENECK: A view of the traffic-congested Chellappandian traffic island at Vannarpet in Tirunelveli. Photo: A. Shaikmohideen

Staff Reporter

Public want new stretch connecting South bypass road, Pettai Public want a new stretch connecting South Bypass Road, Pettai

TIRUNELVELI: While the arterial Thiruvananthapuram High Road and Swamy Nellaiyappar High Road here are virtually overflowing with vehicular traffic, the Corporation has forwarded proposals to the Government for two new bypass roads to be laid in relatively less congested areas.

After the 7 km-long bypass road, connecting Tirunelveli - Madurai and Tirunelveli - Nagercoil National Highways via Vannarpettai, was thrown open to traffic a few years ago, the intensity of traffic, especially lorries and buses, going to the towns south and north of Tirunelveli via `Halwa City' was reduced considerably. However, the west-bound buses and other vehicles proceeding to places like Tenkasi and towns beyond Courtallam have to go through the Chellapandian traffic island on this already saturated bypass road, heavily clogged up and narrow roads of Tirunelveli Town, causing severe hardships to every road user. The unwarranted delay in crossing these areas naturally led to appeal from the public for a new road connecting south bypass road and Pettai. To cross a distance of just 10 km between Pettai and the new bus-stand at Vaeinthankulam during rush hour, it takes a minimum of 30 to 40 minutes.

"Instead of finding ways and resources for laying this road, the Corporation has decided to push two other relatively less important road projects - Thatchanallur Railway Gate to S.N. High Road via Sivasakthi Theatre and Pettai Spinning Mill to Sankarankovil Highway via MDT Hindu College and Old Pettai. If the officials and public representatives are really concerned about easing traffic congestion within the city, the south bypass road to Pettai stretch should be taken-up immediately," a police official here said.

However, the Corporation officials justify their selection of projects, saying that lands required for these two projects had already been acquired and hence there would not be any delay in completing it once funds were made available.

"We have to conduct a study afresh for the bypass road - Pettai stretch and lands have to be acquired, which would consume some months or even years. After completing these two projects first, we'll divert our attention towards this stretch," said a Corporation official.

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