“Thousands affected by arrangement near Ashok Pillar”
Police, in response to a petition filed under the RTI Act, said that the new traffic system was
“in larger public interest”
CHENNAI: A meeting of residents of Ashok Nagar, K.K.Nagar, M.G.R. Nagar, Jafferkhanpet and adjoining areas to highlight the problems of the one-way traffic system in Ashok Nagar was organised here on Saturday.
“Thousands of residents are affected by the introduction of one-way traffic near Ashok Pillar,” said V. Ravichandran, founder-chairman of Citizens Guardians, a voluntary organisation.
According to a reply by Deputy Commissioner of Police Traffic (South) in response to a petition filed under the Right to Information Act, “The earlier two-way movement along 1st Avenue, 11th Avenue, Anna Road, 100-Feet Road around the Ashok Pillar and the Kasi theatre areas became inadequate to support massive vehicle movement.”
Mr. Ravichandran said that traffic accidents in the area had increased considerably. Many of them were not reported, he added.
The RTI reply of the police said that only four fatal accidents had occurred in the area from November 24, 2007 to November 24, 2008.
Isolated the area
The one-way had isolated an area where many senior citizens approach frequently.
This had made the problem worse, the residents said. However, the police in the RTI reply said that the introduction of the new traffic system was “in the larger public interest.”
But the Police Department said that they did not organise any meeting with the residents of the areas such as Ashok Nagar, K.K.Nagar, M.G.R.Nagar and Jafferkhanpet to know the public interest.
“On the instruction of the then Commissioner of Police, considering the welfare of the public the system was introduced,” the reply reads.
The new system was not discussed at the coordination committee meeting of Ward 8 and Ward 9 of the Corporation, according to the reply.
Pedestrian crossings had become dangerous zones because of faster movement of vehicles,
Mr.Ravichandran said, adding that the residents do not want one-way traffic arrangement.