Chennai

Police install steel barricades to put an end to jaywalking

Outside the Perambur railway station, other amenities have also been put in place now

In what could signal an end to jaywalking for some pedestrians, permanent steel barricades have come up in front of the railway station on Perambur Main Road. With this facility, commuters can’t walk across the road to reach the bus stop. As part of the safety measure, a designated crossing point has also been provided. A separate bay for MTC buses, and another for autorickshaws, have been created to prevent autorickshaw drivers from parking their vehicles in front of the bus stop near the railway station. In addition, a permanent team of four traffic police personnel with a police booth has been deployed to regulate traffic.

After Chennai Central, Perambur railway station is the biggest on the western rail line of the suburban rail network in terms of passenger flow. On an average, 50,000 commuters use the facility every day. So, naturally, the railway station and the Perambur Main Road are crowded during rush hour.

All these years traffic has been chaotic at the B.B. Road – Perambur Main Road junction as the stretch is narrow and encroachments further reduce the width of the road.

The plan to widen of this narrow strip, especially in front of the railway station, remains on hold for many years as the Southern Railway first plans to widen the railway station to accommodate more trains. So, all these years, the police have had a tough job of regulating traffic on the congested stretch, in front of the railway station that witness continual movement of pedestrians. As the market is located nearby, most of the commuters from the railway station cross the narrow stretch to reach the market. Jaywalking by commuters blocks traffic for at least 500 metres from the railway station.

Many commuters are happy with the host of amenities found on this busy stretch. “With the new steel barricades, we can safely cross the narrow stretch as vehicles halt at a distance,” says K. Vijayalakshmi, a commuter from Perambur. She says LED street lights have to be installed to ensure safety of road users at night.

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