Wreckers will be stationed at vantage points to tow away erring vehicles, says

L. Srikrishna

In a bid to provide more carriage space on busy roads such as Vakkil New Street, East Veli Street, South Masi Street, Simakkal stretch of North Veli Street, and Tamil Sangam Road, the police have decided to ban parking on both sides of these roads.

Wreckers would be stationed at vantage points to tow away erring vehicles, said Commissioner of Police P. Balasubramanian. In the wake of vehicle movement having turned chaotic on many stretches in the city, motorists have represented to the police to take action against erring drivers.

Tamil Sangam Road

For instance, those visiting a popular restaurant on Tamil Sangam Road park their vehicles along the road. During peak hours, regulating the traffic becomes a Herculean task. With just a single policeman, traffic flow goes for a spin and it is a free-for-all situation.

At least, it takes 20 to 30 minutes to cross this artificial bottleneck on Tamil Sangam Road during “peak hours of the restaurateurs,” according to regular users of this stretch.

Mr. Balasubramanian said that he had instructed his officers to identify such places and deploy more personnel during such periods.

Two days ago, an ambulance from Theni, sandwiched in a traffic jam, found it difficult to negotiate the mess near the rail over-bridge near Madura Coats, despite the presence of the policeman, a shopkeeper said.

As a first step, police said that they have instructed the restaurants and shopping complexes to depute security guards to regulate parking in front of their premises so as to avoid blocking of other vehicles. Some commercial establishments have agreed to have valet parking facility for their customers, police added. The wreckers, which are being used to lift and tow vehicles parked on narrow lanes, would be positioned near restaurants and other public places where motorists tend to leave their vehicles for a long time.

Mr. Balasubramanian assured more policing on all Masi, Marret and Veli streets, Periyar bus stand area and Kalavasal intersection during peak hours.

Shopkeepers on Tamil Sangam Road said that right in front of the traffic police, motorists parked their vehicles on “no parking” zones. When this was pointed out to the Commissioner, he assured to take stern action and appealed to the drivers not to park on both sides of the roads in the city.