Traffic management should be improved during peak hours
The stretch from Lawley Road junction to Vadavalli is among the busiest roads in Coimbatore, connecting the city with one of its fastest growing fringe areas. Peak hours see a rush of buses, cars and two-wheelers and a wide, four-lane road with median is a necessity to ensure smooth flow of traffic and safety to the road users.
However, wide roads will not serve the purpose if vehicles are parked on either side of the road and vendors occupy it for their business. With road widening works going on on portions of this stretch, the road is chaotic and dusty. Overtaking is risky and vehicles cannot rush for emergency needs because just a narrow usable space is available in several areas.
Widening work is completed on one side in some localities and have just commenced in some others. Electrical poles have not been shifted and two-wheelers, pedestrians, cars, and buses vie for space on the narrow stretches.
It takes almost 40 minutes to drive from Vadavalli bus stand to Lawley Road in the morning peak hours. Though some of the trees that are more than 30 years old have been brought down to help road widening, the space is now used for parking vehicles by those who visit the shops on either side of the road. Traffic management should be improved during the peak hours and all the works such as widening and underground drainage should be completed on one portion of the road before extending to another portion, says M. Vignesh, a resident of Vadavalli.
According to an official of the Highways Department, works to widen the 4.1 km stretch from Lawley Road junction to Vadavalli into a four-lane road is expected to be completed by June-end. Land acquisition was needed only for one portion of the stretch and the process was on. However, underground drainage works and shifting of electrical poles are yet to be completed. The total cost of the project is Rs. 9 crore.