The district administration, police, transport, revenue department and truckers’ federation have worked out a strategy to regulate movement of trucks in the highly congested Namakkal town area.
The new guidelines for operating trucks and other load carriers in the town to ease movement of vehicles during the busy hours of the day will be brought to effect from May 1.
Against the previous restriction for trucks to enter and leave Namakkal town from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Namakkal Sub-Collector Ajay Yadav, who presided over the meeting held here on Thursday, said that trucks could enter and leave the town using Paramathi Road from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to cross the town and reach Tiruchi Road, Mohanur Road and Thuraiyur Road.
However, trucks will not be allowed to enter the town between 6 a.m. and 11 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Trucks and other load carriers can operate on all roads in the town area from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
These changes will be in effect on a trial basis for a period of one month.
While there was restriction for trucks to enter the access roads to Namakkal Town during the day, there is some relaxation for them as they can park their vehicles in the following select pockets close to the town: till the lorry association office on the Salem Road, till Nala Hotel on the Tiruchi Road, till Kosavampatti on the Thuraiyur Road and till Elango Marriage Hall on the Mohanur Road.
President of the State Lorry Owners Federation – Tamil Nadu K. Nallathambi, who participated in the meeting, said that allowing truckers to park the vehicles alongside the road near the town was welcomed as drivers will get access to shops and this would reduce the hardship faced by them while they cannot cross the town.
The Sub-Collector said that sign boards directing trucks not to enter the town during the said hours has been put up on the main roads – national and state highways – leading to Namakkal town.
Barricades have been placed in the middle of the road to deny entry to trucks entering the town, despite the warnings.
He warned that fine will be collected from truck drivers who take these directions for a ride.