Closure of busy stretch hits road users

There was no prior announcement by departments

Closure of the busy highway road from Panneerselvam Park to Ellai Mariamman Temple without prior announcement has caused hardship to the road users on Wednesday as they were unable to alter their travel plans at the last hour in reaching their destinations.

Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board (TWAD) is implementing the ₹484.45 crore Dedicated Water Supply Scheme (DWSS) to supply 81.10 million litres per day (MLD) of water to the Erode Corporation.

As part of the water scheme, main pipelines are to be laid on the road from Panneerselvam Park (P.S. Park) to Ellai Mariamman Temple. Presence of Gani Market, commercial establishments, bookstalls, eateries, daily market and textile market in the area keeps the road busy throughout the day.

Also, vehicles, including buses, from P.S. Park take the road to reach bus stand, Nethaji Road and also Cauvery Road. Due to encroachment of road space, vehicles move in the available space causing frequent congestion.

On Wednesday, the road was blocked using barricades and vehicles were diverted through GH Roundabout to reach bus stand. While two-wheelers were allowed till Manikoondu (Clock Tower), vehicles cannot proceed further as many preferred riding in the wrong direction on R.K.V. Road where one-way traffic system is in place.

Road users said that the highways or the police departments made no announcement regarding diversion of traffic causing inconvenience to them.

“We cannot reach Cauvery Road from P.S. Park. Instead we have to take bus to bus stand and again board another bus to reach the destination,” said a daily wage earner P. Amudha.

She said that if workers were alerted earlier, they could have started earlier to the work place.

Hundreds of daily wage earners, workers at the shops, pedestrians and other road users were affected as no diversion boards were kept at P.S. Park or any other place. TWAD Board officials said that pipeline laying work will be completed within four days as the police said that the road would be opened after that.

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Printable version | Jul 5, 2020 10:24:16 PM |

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