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Key stretch in Kottur being widened

Road widening work under progress on West Canal Bank Road near Kotturpuram. Photo. M. Moorthy   | Photo Credit: M_Moorthy

Motorists and residents have for long sought measures to reduce vehicular congestion on Canal Bank Road in Adyar. A solution to this long-festering problem is in sight, as the Chennai Corporation has begun work on the parallel West Canal Bank Road. This move meshes with residents’ long-pending demand to widen this stretch as a solution to the traffic problem on Canal Bank Road. West Canal Bank runs behind the Kotturpuram MRTS station, and provides motorists from Kotturpuram, a quicker access to Sardar Patel Road.

The girth of this 40-feet road is expected to go up by another 20 feet. JCB machines are at work on the stretch. Along certain sections of the road, blue metal has been placed for black topping.

Basheer Muhammad, who lives near Kotturpuram market, says the road is equally popular among pedestrians.

“Unlike the Canal Bank Road, which is usually chaotic due to the presence of many educational institutions, this is a straight road and one can walk down from Madhya Kailash junction to get to Kotturpuram,” says the IT professional who travels to Guindy regularly. “If only a right-turn was allowed near the Madhya Kailash signal for motorists coming from West Canal Bank Road, it will be of great help.”

West Canal Bank Road was once a Bus Route Road, a boon for residents living on complexes build by Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board on Kottur and colonies in Ellaiamman Koil Street in Kotturpuram.

“Bus routes 5C and 4E used to go via West Canal Bank Road to get to Kotturpuram, but the route was changed as the temple and market were an impediment for buses to move freely,” says J. Balaji, a longtime resident of Kottur.

The road-widening has also raised hopes among residents that West Canal Bank Road will be extended up to Greenways Road to reduce vehicular congestion. A similar proposal connecting Taramani, Perungudi and Velachery MRTS is underway to reduce traffic on the Taramani-Velachery 100 ft road.

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