At long last, the police have fixed reflectors on both sides of the median for a few kilometres constituting Erode-Thindal segment of the Perundurai road.
A long-felt need, the reflectors have contributed in no small measure to safe driving, say motorists frequenting the route. Until recently before the reflectors were installed, it was extremely difficult for drivers to determine the space between their vehicles and the median made of concrete blocks.
In the absence of street lights, vehicles passing by the road speedily during the night hours were exposed to the risk of grazing past the median, according to Madeswaran, a taxi driver in Erode city.
Presence of a number of education institutions and business establishments in Perundurai and Thindal have made the 20-km stretch a heavy-traffic zone.
At present, the motorists entering the city from Perundurai are able to heave a sigh of relief only after reaching Thindal. Drivers proceeding to Erode through Perundurai face difficulties in adapting quickly to the small-sized median, more so, after experiencing the comfort of the much wider median of the Cochin-Erode four-lane highway.
According to regular road users, the breadth of the raised median between Erode and Perundurai has to be expanded and saplings must be planted at its centre to prevent the glare of headlamps of vehicles coming in the opposite direction.
Also, hassle-free ‘U’ turns could be made possible by widening the median, said Selvam, a regular user of the stretch.
Only a wide median would be of help to pedestrians who now face difficulties in adjusting their pace of walking to the speed of vehicles, said Sundaresan, a bus driver.
Street lights must be installed, at least at spots designated as pedestrian crossings, he said.
Motorists could look forward to more action from the police department. A proposal for fixing reflectors from Thindal to Perundurai would be given shape soon. Money from the Road Safety Fund would be used, said Additional Superintendent of Police T.P. Suresh Kumar.