For second day running, Anna Salai closed for traffic

Heavy traffic seen on Gandhi Mandapam Road in Kotturpuram on Friday   | Photo Credit: K. Pichumani

The city traffic police continue to block vehicles on Anna Salai and effected diversions at important junctions to prevent motorists from making unnecessary trips during the lockdown.

Many motorists were caught unawares and found themselves stranded at important junctions such as Kotturpuram, Turnbulls Road, General Patters Road, Wallajah Road and Little Mount.

M.N. Mayilvahanan, Deputy Commissioner, Traffic(South), said: “As many motorists are not aware of this measure, we are guiding them to take diversions at each junction. We will experiment with this on other roads also. No one has been stranded here. We are only diverting vehicular movement to other roads to reduce the traffic on Anna Salai.”

People travelling from Guindy to Central can take a U-turn at Little Mount Junction and proceed on Taluk Road, Sardar Patel Road, Gandhi Mandapam Road and T.T.K. Road.

Restricted usage

“Local residents who live adjacent to Anna Salai from Little Mount to Anna Flyover use the arterial road and we are restricting people who come from other areas,” said the Deputy Commissioner.

Motorists coming from Gandhi Mandapam Road would be allowed to proceed on Turnbulls Point and can reach Nandanam signal and proceed through Venkatanarayana Road, Boag Road to G.N. Chetty Road. Police said as many used Anna Salai, they had now diverted them onto T.T.K. Road or Beach Road. Further diversions on other arterial roads are likely after assessing the situation, officials said.

They added that only ambulances and essential service vehicles were being allowed. The road was open in the vicinity of hospitals.

Another senior police officer said, “Many don’t realise the seriousness of the pandemic. We have seized more than 1,300 vehicles on Wednesday.”

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