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HAZARDOUSLY PLACED: On the Lord Wenlock Road in Udhagamandalam. - Photo: D_Radhakrishnan
HAZARDOUSLY PLACED: On the Lord Wenlock Road in Udhagamandalam. - Photo: D_Radhakrishnan

D. Radhakrishnan

`Dangerous than chaotic parking'

Udhagamandalam: A measure introduced a couple of years ago by the police to streamline traffic in this hill station, has of late turned out to be a traffic hazard due to improper implementation. With the help of private sponsors, steel boards bearing warning signs to control movement and parking of vehicles had been made. It had become necessary because, though the infrastructure remained the same, the number of vehicles had increased considerably. Unlike in the past, the inflow of tourists was high almost throughout the year, including the wet and winter seasons.

Consequently, the main roads were often congested. Though the steps taken by the police, whenever necessary, to relieve congestion on the busy roads were welcomed by the public, the manner in which the `No Parking' and `No Entry' boards were being placed has not gone down well with them.

Many told The Hindu here on Sunday that haphazardly placed boards are more dangerous than improperly parked vehicles. They pointed out that since the boards often occupied a sizeable part of the roads, the motorists, particularly tourists, got confused. It exposed motorists and pedestrians to considerable danger. Suggesting that such boards could be put up in a safer and more effective manner, they said that another threat to pedestrians was the numerous signboards erected by private commercial establishments along the main roads. Lamenting that the boards, especially along the footpaths in Charing Cross, had caused bleeding head injuries to some persons, they said that they often took unwary pedestrians by surprise.

Mischievous elements

However, a police officer claimed that some mischievous elements were responsible for the `No Parking' boards being kept in dangerous places. Adding to the danger and confusion was the deplorable condition of the roads many of which were riddled with huge potholes, the presence of numerous stray animals and the rash driving by many of the motorists including those driving private mini buses and the State Transport Corporation buses.

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