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Coimbatore needs better transport infrastructure

M. Soundariya Preetha
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Call for comprehensive study on urban development needs

Congested road: Major projects are needed to develop the transport infrastructure of Coimbatore. – File photo: K. Ananthan
Congested road: Major projects are needed to develop the transport infrastructure of Coimbatore. – File photo: K. Ananthan

A time-bound proposal in the Master Plan to develop the city's transport infrastructure is one of the key suggestions made by the Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Coimbatore to the Local Planning Authority, regarding the revised Master Plan for Coimbatore.

According to the chamber, several proposals are mooted for transport infrastructure. However, a comprehensive study should be taken up to meet the urban development needs of this growing city.

The study should look at short, medium, and long-term needs of the city. Different agencies involved in transport infrastructure development should be integrated and made to work in co-ordination with the Local Planning Authorities for implementing these projects.

The city needs more link roads, especially to connect the main roads. The existing link roads should be extended to cover more places.

For instance, the Western link road connecting the Ukkadam-Selvapuram Road should be extended to Kumarapalayam, Telugupalayam and Thadagam Road.

The Chamber has already submitted a number of proposals, including a vision statement in 2009 that called for infrastructure projects crucial to this economically important city in the State.

All National Highways passing through the city should be made into six lane roads. The Maruthamalai Road and Perur Road should be widened to four-lane ones.

The city needs an outer ring road and an inner ring road. A western bypass road connecting Palakkad Road and Mettupalayam Road through Kovaipudur, Perur Chettipalayam, Thondamuthur and Maruthamalai Road should also be considered.

Road over bridges across railway crossings, subways, parking areas, flyover and bus and truck terminals should be mentioned in the plan. The plan should look at long-term needs of the city such as Mass Rapid Transit System or elevated light rail transit system.

Parking space is an imperative need at all major commercial centres of the city. All the high streets of the city are choked with traffic during evening and without proper parking area, business can decline in these places gradually.

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Private land owners should also be encouraged to develop parking facilities and multi-level parking stations should be created.

Gandhipuram, Hope College, Raja Street, Ukkadam, Big Bazaar Street, Avanashi Road, Tiruchi Road and Brooke Bond Road are some of the locations that need large parking areas.

Chamber wants study on short, medium, and long-term needs of the growing city

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