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Six signals on the blink on Velachery Main Road

Together, these signals cover three sections where schools are located

Due to six defunct signals on Velachery Main Road, East Tambaram, the safety of road-users has been compromised. They have requested the Chennai Traffic Police (CTP) to repair the signals, which were installed a few years ago. Only the amber light works.

The six signals are located opposite three educational institutions, within a radius of one kilometre. They are found at the intersection of Velachery Main Road and Christ King School Street, Kalamegam Street and Kamarajar Salai, Selaiyur.

At the intersection of Christ King School Street and Velachery Main Road, police personnel are deployed only during school hours (both morning and evening) to help students cross the intersection.

“Motorists negotiating Velachery Main Road come at a break-neck speed and do not wait for pedestrians to cross the zebra-crossings. The stretch witnesses heavy traffic flow through the day, making it difficult for pedestrians to cross the road. It is common to see school students run amok at the other two intersections – Velachery Main Road with Kalamegam Street and Kamarajar Salai – as police personnel are not deployed at these intersections. A few pedestrians, including school students, jump over the median to cross the arterial road,” says S. Poornima, a resident of East Tambaram. Motorists coming from interior streets take a free left and right turn to enter Velachery Main Road, much to the dismay of other road-users. “Chances of accidents at the zebra-crossings and near the signals are high if steps are not taken to repair the defunct signals,” she added.

A Chennai Traffic Police personnel said steps will be taken soon to repair the defunct signals.

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