A group of 50 students of classes VII and VIII of Spectrum Academy Matriculation School has come out with a model with six suggestions that could be a solution for the traffic congestion near the Namakkal Bus Stand.
There are three junctions in a radius of less than 50 m- to form a triangle - and small problems in the signals result in heavy traffic jams. The students aged 12 and 13 years made a model depicting how traffic congestions occur at that busiest junction that connects the Namakkal Bus Stand, Paramathi Road, Mohanur Road, Trichy Road and Tiruchengode Road.
“In our next model, we suggested changes such as switching the entrance and exit of the bus stand, allowing two-way movement of vehicle on the wide road opposite the Traveller’s Bungalow and linking traffic signals on the Clock Tower, Mohanur Road and Trichy Road junctions to avoid waiting in the three signals for a long time,” N. Anisha Fathima, a Class VII student, said.
Her classmate K. Lokesh said that they spent less than Rs. 100 for the models made of thermocol, coloured chart papers and ice cream sticks.
“The solution we gave don’t require additional funds. “Apart from discussions with our classmates we also visited the junctions and roads to observe how small changes could become a solution,” his friends N. Anisha Fathima and R. Karthika said.
The students added that the suggested changes would also avoid traffic violations such as vehicles entering the wrong side of the road.
Correspondent of the school M. Vignesh told The Hindu that the pros and cons of the students’ suggestions were analysed before coming out with the solution.
A few days ago, the students displayed the model at the office of the District Police Office and won appreciation of Superintendent of Police P. Kannammal and other officials.
“The suggestions were impressive and the possibilities of implementing them will be studied by department officials and traffic police,” the SP said.