Thillai Nagar Main Road is now a dangerous stretch
TIRUCHI: Thillai Nagar Main Road, one of the arterial roads in the city, has become the most-preferred location for business houses and hospitals.
Result: Intersections linking the crossroads to this road, on the eastern and western sides, have emerged as major traffic bottlenecks as all available space is used for parking.
In the absence of any corresponding infrastructure development, in terms of road, parking space and pedestrian footpaths, Thillai Nagar Main Road is struggling to cope up with the increasing volume of vehicular traffic. Dozens of commercial complexes have come up in the last few years and almost none of them have made provisions for parking.
Worse, the basements of many of the commercial complexes have been cited as parking space in the building plans approved by the Corporation.
Civic officials concede that they are aware of the violation, but claim that they have little powers to crack down on the violators. “We could at the best issue notices to the violators, who easily get away with a paltry penalty,” says an official.
Lack of coordination between the police and Corporation is all too apparent in disorderly traffic and parking on the road. ‘Parking on cut roads only,’ say police signboards. But allowing parking on the crossroads no longer seem to be a workable proposition.
“Entering into and exiting from the crossroads have now become a nightmarish experience. Minor accidents have become common place due to the chaotic traffic,” says a doctor, who runs a hospital here. For, indiscriminate parking on the eastern and western side leaves very little space for vehicular movement.
Autorickshaw parking stands and coconut/fruit vendors occupy vantage spots close to the intersections, adding to the congestion.
The problem is acute in the 11th and 10th crosses where multi-storeyed commercial complexes, housing super-markets, banks, retail showrooms and financial institutions have come up, says councillor C. Kannan, who represents the ward. He hopes that the proposed re-laying of Thillai Nagar Main Road, from end to end, and construction of drainages with raised pedestrian pavements would be of help in preventing indiscriminate parking.
Parking on the crossroads should be allowed only beyond 100 metres from the main road, Mr. Kannan suggests as a measure to ease the congestion. Besides, strict enforcement by way of towing away vehicles in no-parking zones can only provide relief to road users, he feels.
Unless officials of the traffic wing of the police and the Corporation sit together to evolve a traffic management plan, the ordeal of the residents and road users will continue, says a senior citizen.