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Road-users lose space to unauthorised parking of vehicles on Arunachalam Road

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For many months now, the 60-feet-wide Arunachalam Road in Saligramam has been resembling a narrow pathway due to illegal parking of private vehicles, including studio vans, mini-lorries, generators and cars on both sides.

This problem is especially pronounced one stretch of this road — between Saligramam and Dasarathapuram, a distance of around 200 metres.

Residents of the neighbourhood want civic officials of Zone – 10 (Kodambakkam) of the Chennai Corporation and the police to put an end to unauthorised parking on the road.

Many motorists take Arunachalam Road and nearby streets to avoid taking the congested Jawaharlal Nehru Main Road and the narrow Kaliamman Koil Street which connects Koyambedu with Virugambakkam.

“The footpath on the road has been occupied by drivers of these vehicles, causing pedestrians to walk in the narrow carriageway. There is rash driving by bikers and it is scary,” says S. Gayatri, a resident of Saligramam.

Many residents of Darasathapuram, Saligramam, Vadapalani, Kumaran Colony, Periyar Pathai, Nesapakkam, Virugambakkam and K.K. Nagar use Arunachalam Road and nearby streets to go to Koyambedu Wholesale Market especially during weekends to buy vegetables, fruits and flowers.

After sunset, roadside eateries occupy the footpath space and their visitors park their vehicles in the carriageway, thereby considerably reducing the space meant for pedestrians and motorists.

With overgrown trees on both sides, the street lights hardly illuminate the road. Rash driving, especially by motorcyclists, has become a menace in the locality.

A police booth is located at the stretch in Dasarathapuram mainly to monitor the movement of vehicles and to prevent petty crimes like cellphone- and chain-snatching. Sadly, most of the time, the police booth is locked.

“Steps will be taken to prevent illegal parking of vehicles on the stretch soon,” says a Corporation official.

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