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BOTTLENECK: American College shopping complex area in the city.
BOTTLENECK: American College shopping complex area in the city.

L. Srikrishna

West Veli Street has become non-motorable

MADURAI: With the Deepavali festival fast approaching, more and more stretches here are slowly turning into “highly congested” zones.

Free flow of vehicular movement is getting choked for long time during peak hours, even on locations away from commercial areas, according to motorists.

To name a few, the stretches are in between Tamukkam and Goripalayam (near Thevar statue junction) bus stops, South Masi stretch, West Masi (near Arya Bhavan-Netaji Road intersections), East Masi-Amman Sannidhi side, Kamarajar Salai (near Vilakuthoon leading towards South Masi) among others.

The traffic police have recently converted a portion from Aruppukottai Road leading towards NMR Bridge into a one-way connecting South Marret and South Veli stretches.

Motorists feel the heat more on the Masi streets during the peak hours, while the West Veli Street has become non-motorable, owing to congestion experienced around the Railway junction, especially from 8 p.m. onwards. “We are studying more intersections where the vehicle movement gets choked. Alternative arrangements, such as one-way, ‘no-parking zones’ are being explored,” according to a senior officer in the traffic wing.

The officer said that little changes made here and there would definitely bring in the much needed carriage space.

According to the study, while the carriage space at Tamukkam bus stop is broad, it narrowed down from that point up to Goripalayam bus stop.

By just reducing the roundabout fountain (leading to Gandhi Museum) to a smaller size, more vehicles could move freely towards Goripalayam from the Alagarkoil Road side.

The TNSTC buses could move on the extreme left hand side of the road from Tamkum bus stop to Goripalayam bus stop, police said.

For the buses to move freely on the extreme left hand side, a portion, say about 10 feet, along the American college shopping complex could be reduced, which would give parking space giving way for vehicle movement, traffic police suggested.

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