Tiruchirapalli

Roadside parking irks motorists

Visitors to eateries and commercial establishments resort to this practice

Unchecked parking of vehicles in front of eateries and shops near the Cantonment Police Station has been posing a trouble for motorists near the heavily congested Parangiri Velupillai Park traffic signal junction in the city.

Visitors to eateries and other commercial establishments near the police station on Bharathidasan Salai park their vehicles on the roadside posing problem to vehicles halting at the traffic signal a few yards away. Motorists attempting to cross the road, while visiting shops or leaving, pose a risk to other motorists especially as they do so close to the traffic signal. Vehicles are parked in front of eateries and tea shop opposite to the police station, complain motorists.

“At nights, we are not able to see the criss-crossing two-wheeler riders. Besides, many two wheeler riders pose a threat to the oncoming vehicles while pulling out their vehicles from the roadside,” complains Rajan, a resident of Bheema Nagar.

Over the past few years, vehicles have been diverted to go around the Velupillai Park instead of heading straight towards the Bharathidasan Salai. The roundabout has already been facing severe congestion owing to unchecked parking of two-wheelers and other vehicles of people visiting the commercial complexes along the Heber Road. With vehicles from different directions converging at the junction, where the District Court bus halt is also located, traffic snarls are the order of the day. Whenever vehicles heading towards Reynolds Road halt at the traffic signal, a heavy traffic pile up is witnessed around the park. Given the narrow space for manoeuvring many heavy vehicles also find it difficult to take the acute turn towards Bharathidasan Salai, say motorists. Though traffic cops are posted near the Police Station to regulate the traffic, problems persist, they say.

“Unregulated parking of vehicles and other traffic violations is rampant right next to the police station, where the traffic police wing is also located. The police should take steps to curb the menace,” said S.Martin, a senior advocate of the city.

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