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Pedestrians at risk on Whites Road

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Whites Road is an important link road between Mount Road at Spencers Plaza and Mount Road at Thousand Lights. The volume of vehicular traffic on the stretch is high between Patullos Road and Mount Road and it is increasing by the day.

In 2012, the stretch was made a one-way. Following this, the speed of vehicular movement has increased considerably increased.

A large number of MTC buses, two-wheelers, auto-rickshaws and four-wheelers from Woods Road andWest Cott Road go through the stretch every day.

The one-way traffic has contributed to the increase in speed of vehicular movement.

Only a small stretch of road from the intersection of Patullos Road and Whites Road, for a distance of 100 to 200 meters, has barricades. And, except for a spot near Smith Road, the stretch does not even have proper demarcation of lanes for two wheelers, medians and median line to regulate vehicular traffic. This makes for a dicey situation when motorists try to cut through the traffic, going from left to right or from right to left.

The worst affected are pedestrians; there are no zebra crossings and the pedestrian signals at the intersection of Whites Road and Patullos Road and Smith Road and Mount Road are not functional.

The pedestrian signals are only functional at the intersection of Mount Road, Binny Road and Club House Road and Woods Road and Whites Road.

“Motorists come at a good speed, do not stop or reduce the speed to let the walkers cross the intersections and one-way stretches. They swerve left and right to prevent pedestrians from crossing,” V. Siva Kumar, a pedestrian, said.

At most points on the intersections and stretches, pedestrians are forced to walk on the carriageway as the pavements are used as a reliving spots’, has become homes for beggars and vagabonds, parking slot and encroached by mobile shops and eateries.

“ Senior citizens find it difficult to cross the intersections and stretches as motorists move at different speeds,” he pointed out.

In absence of traffic police personnel, people are forced to fend for themselves risking their lives and limbs.

A Chennai Traffic Police (CTP) personnel says steps will be taken to create pedestrians crossings and make signals functional on the stretches and intersections after conducting a viability study.

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