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'Give us walking space on TTK Road'

TTK Road is a busy stretch and traffic snarls like this are very common. Photo: M. Moorthy   | Photo Credit: M. Moorthy

When she walks to Eldams Road to drop her eight-year-old daughter at school, Ananda Road resident V. Sreedevi (name changed) seems to be running an obstacle course.

The pavements are encroached upon, used by shops as parking space for vehicles of customers. When there is a traffic jam, motorcyclists ride their two-wheelers on the pavements. Vendors use them to run their businesses. There is no zebra crossing at C. V. Raman Road and TTK Road junction, which sometimes makes her wait for nearly five minutes to just cross the road.

“Our walk to the school from home should take us less than 10 minutes, but I am tried of having to cross every barrier and picking up a fight with pavement vendors who give us little space to walk,” she says.

Recently, her daughter hurt herself slipping on a stack of bamboo sticks opposite Ethiraj Kalyana Mandapam where a family does business from the pavement.

“TTK Road is narrow and chaotic at any time of the day and such obstructions hinder our right to a safe walk,” she says.

For pedestrians, walking on TTK Road, especially from Seethamal Colony Third Main Road to the Eldams Road junction, is a nightmare.

A mix of high-end showrooms makes it hard to avoid the stretch.

“I avoid taking my vehicle if I have any work on TTK Road. Public transport is a better option,” says K. Jayaraman, a resident of West Mambalam, who came to the Sri Ram Nagar branch on work.

Jalaja Murugan, a resident of Eldams Road, says she never takes her vehicle to the shop on TTK Road.

“The traffic moves at a snail’s pace but walking is equally risky,” says Jalaja, walking from the ration shop at RA Puram to her home.

Many restaurants too find this an ideal business location.

Some offer valet parking, others usurp pavement space to provide parking for customers. Residents living in the vicinity say they are helpless as commercial establishments clog the interior roads.

The traffic department say they regularly tow vehicles parked haphazardly on the stretch but have no long-term plan to decongest the stretch.


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