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267 spots identified to carry out improvement works

High-level committee meeting was convened by Stalin on November 12

Median separating bus bay and carriageway in Tambaram removed

CHENNAI: The Short Term Traffic Improvement project (STTI) aimed at easing traffic congestion and reducing road accidents in Chennai Suburban Police Commissionerate formally began on Wednesday.

STTI aims at first identifying accident-prone spots, most congested areas and involving different government agencies and implementing measures to ensure smooth flow of traffic. Chennai Suburban Commissioner S.R. Jangid told reporters in Tambaram that following the meeting of a high-level committee convened by Deputy Chief Minister M.K.Stalin on November 12 on improving road traffic conditions in the city and its suburbs, range-level meetings were held at St. Thomas Mount, Poonamallee and Ennore.

After a couple of meetings in which officials and engineers from Tamil Nadu Electricity Board, Highways, Transport, Revenue and Police Departments in addition to representatives from local bodies and Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority took part, 267 spots were identified all over the suburban commissionerate to carry out improvement works.

The areas identified were for removing roadside and pavement encroachments, creation of one-ways, carrying out repair works on damaged roads, installation of signals and streetlights and alternate locations for bus stops, Mr. Jangid said.

On Wednesday, some of the findings of STTI began to be implemented. First, a median separating the exclusive bus bay for State Express Transport Corporation and the main carriageway of Grand Southern Trunk Road in Tambaram was removed.

Mr. Jangid said the bus bay occupied a huge portion of the arterial road at a crucial spot and came in the way of smooth flow of traffic.

The medians would be removed and portable barricades installed in their place to create space for more vehicles to use this arterial road at the spot. He also instructed officials to ensure that private buses did not halt anywhere on GST Road in this stretch.

He recalled they had diverted all Metropolitan Transport Corporation buses from Halda junction to Guindy via the road overbridge connecting Chakrapani Street and M.K.N. Road. Following this, congestion between Halda junction and Kathipara had been brought down and travel time for other motorists decreased considerably.