With traffic congestion around the AVR roundtana seen as a perennial problem, the city police along with National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) have decided to reduce the size of the 26-metre-wide roundtana to 20-metre.
Located on the Salem – Bangalore National Highway, vehicles from Omalur, Bangalore and from neighbouring districts and from Railway Junction enter the city through it. But due to the width of the roundtana, movement of heavy vehicles, particularly long-trailer lorries, is difficult causing traffic congestion on any part of the day.
Thus, to ensure smooth flow of vehicular movement, the city police mooted the idea of reducing the diameter and the proposal was submitted to NHAI and was accepted.
The size of medians on both the sides would also be reduced so that vehicles can turn easily and allow multiple vehicles to pass through it.
City Police Commissioner K.C. Mahali, and Assistant Commissioner of Police (Traffic) K. Radhakrishnan inspected the roundtana and held discussions with NHAI officials on Thursday.
Markings were made for demolition and NHAI officials said that work would be completed by June 20 without interrupting the flow of traffic.