District administration urged to provide infrastructure
Leaders, cutting across party lines, a cross-section of people and rubber growers want the Kanyakumari district administration to provide infrastructure facilities in the western parts on par with the eastern parts of the district.
The number of vehicles being registered at the Regional Transport Offices at Nagercoil and Marthandam has touched a daily average of 300. The flow of vehicles to the district from other places in Tamil Nadu and other States has also increased considerably in the past years. The rapidly developing places in Kanyakumari are the western parts such as Marthandam, Kulasekaram, Thuckalay and Azhagiyamandapam which reel under traffic congestion frequently.
Accidents, many fatal, have become order of the day. But the officials concerned and leaders of all political parties are keen to improve only well-known areas such as Kanyakumari, Nagercoil and Marthandam. They fail to provide basic amenities to lesser known but rapidly developing areas such as Arumanai, Kuzhithurai, Vettuvenni, Azhagiyamandapam, Kulasekaram and Thuckalay.
The western parts of the district, with its rubber plantations, government and private schools, engineering colleges, medical and other facilities, are developing on a fast pace. Added to this, this region is bestowed with scenic beauty in addition to manmade tourist spots such as Mathur Flume (known as Mathur Thottipalam), Thirparappu falls with boating facilities, Pechipparai and other dams, and historic temples at Thiruvattar, Kuzhithurai etc. Consequently many areas in Kalkulam and Vilavancode taluks of the district face acute traffic problems. Such problems could be redressed by initiating effective steps to ensure smooth flow of traffic. Re-arrangement of bus stops and demarcation of parking areas would be of great help.
Speaking to The Hindu, the secretary of Consumers Protection And Vigilant Association, Alamattil D.Gopalakrishnan said that at Kulasekaram market junction, buses going towards convent junction and Pechipparai could be stopped in front of the Canara Bank. Buses bound for Thirparappu and beyond could be stopped in front of Rasi Textiles and all the buses proceeding towards Thiruvattar could be halted in the existing bus stand.
In Nagacode junction in Kulasekaram, buses going towards Pechipparai and Kulasekaram could be stopped in front of Swiss Bakery, whereas buses bound for Thirparappu and beyond could be halted in front of Santhi Vessels. The traffic police should make arrangements of stopping the buses to Thiruvarambu in front of Sukumar Hospital and buses towards Thiruvattar in front of Sharon Medicals.
In connection with Kavalstalam junction (check-post), buses bound for Thirparappu and beyond could be halted just 100 metres away from Convent junction. Other buses could be stopped as usual.
Similarly, the district administration in cooperation with the local people and other consumer as well as voluntary organisations could explore the ways and means to decongest traffic and to provide other infrastructure facilities in Arasamood junction, Convent, Arumanai, Kuzhithurai, Thuckalay, Azhagiyamandapam and other important junctions in the western region of the district. By improving road facilities, basic amenities and de-congesting traffic, more foreign and domestic visitors could be attracted to the lesser known tourist spots in western parts of the district.
Besides, call taxis, vans and autorickshaws occupy a large space near bus stops in many places, thus making it a Herculean task for pedestrians and two wheeler to move about safely.
The traffic committee with participation of non-governmental organisations and civic body representatives should be constituted in every police sub-divisions and circle divisions in the western parts to elicit their views to improve the overall development of the district, said the MLA of Padmanabhapuram Assembly Segment, Pushpaleela Alben.