M. Soundariya Preetha
COIMBATORE: Anyone who passes through 2.5-km stretch on Trichy Road from Alvernia Matriculation Higher Secondary School to the Sungam Junction will not fail to notice this. It is not just large number of vehicles that use this road every day but also a number of pedestrians. And, they have to use the road as it lacks footpath on either side.
With over five bus stops, two schools, at least three or four hotels, not to mention the government offices, two-wheeler showrooms, super markets and banks on either side of the road and the large number of residential colonies that lie just off the road a heavy pedestrian traffic was quite normal.
While residents of the locality have to come to the main road for any shopping, a number of people also visit the important offices (banks and Government buildings) daily.
Without a single pelican crossing to help pedestrians, footpaths will benefit the pedestrians. But this 15-metre wide National Highway Road has no footpath on either side, thus pushing the pedestrians to the road and slowing traffic.
The city police have regulated parking on either side with parking signs. However, that has robbed the walkers of space on the roadsides. What adds to the congestion are the flower vendors, garbage dumps and autorickshaw stands. And these are present just next to the bus stands (such as near Ramanathapuram junction, Olympus).
A National Highway Department official points out that usually the local body takes up works such as drains and footpath. In case a special funding is available as in the case of Chennai, the Highways had laid the footpath too.
When contacted for details of the Trichy Road, a Corporation official said the local body had allotted Rs. 28 lakh to the Electricity Board for shifting of electricity poles.