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Plea for speed-breakers near ‘uzhavar sandhai'

P. Sudhakar
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But there are two in a nearby residential area, instead

IN HIGH PLACES: Couple of speed breakers that came up recently at Maharajanagar in Palayamkottai. — Photo: A. Shaikmohideen
IN HIGH PLACES: Couple of speed breakers that came up recently at Maharajanagar in Palayamkottai. — Photo: A. Shaikmohideen

When a senior official of fertilizer major SPIC (Southern Petrochemical Industries Corporation) came to Maharaja Nagar ‘uzhavar sandhai' (farmers' market) on his two-wheeler on a Sunday to buy fresh vegetables for the week ahead, he was tossed up in the air by a speeding car and sustained serious injuries on his face and body.

Following admission in a multi-specialty hospital at Tirunelveli Junction and subsequent surgeries, the partly crippled officer had to be under intensive medical care for six months.

This is one of the several accidents that are taking place everyday in front of this ‘Uzhavar Sandhai' which attracts thousands of buyers every week.

The accident was a result of the absence of speed-breakers on the highway that connects Maharaja Nagar with Sivanthipatti.

“Though officers of Department of Agriculture here have informed the officials concerned on several occasions about the need for having the speed breakers in front of the ‘uzhavar sandhai,' the official machinery is in no mood to come to the rescue of farmers as well as buyers,” says K. Nagarajan, a regular buyer.

However, two huge humps have come up a few days ago on the 23rd Cross Street of Maharaja Nagar, just 500 metres away from the market, infuriating the road users. Though this road is traversing an area where affluent and influential businessmen are living, these speed breakers have come up only after a politician became a resident of this street.

“Though government norms stipulate the need for having speed-breakers on roads near educational institutions and hospitals, officials who conduct ‘Road Safety Week' every year yield to the pressure of a politician but do not care to ensure the safety of people visiting the farmer's market,” said a resident.

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