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‘Sleeping policemen’ cause nightmare to drivers

Accident zone: Stray cattle occupying the busy Main Road at Kazhipattur, off Rajiv Gandhi Salai.

Accident zone: Stray cattle occupying the busy Main Road at Kazhipattur, off Rajiv Gandhi Salai. | Photo Credit: M. KARUNAKARAN

With cattle occupying roads such as Chennai-Tiruvallur Road, phase II of Rajiv Gandhi Salai, northern sector of Inner Ring Road near Puzhal, driving during the day has become difficult, say drivers.

Accidents occur when heavy vehicles, including container trailers, attempt to avoid the cattle. “These roads have a considerable number of two-wheelers and cars and these get involved in accident. We don’t see any reaction to complaints from the authorities concerned,” said Jude Mathew,Tamil Nadu Independent Vehicle Owners’ Association.

“At Puzhal, the Corporation does catch the cattle but they are freed after a couple of days and the cows are back on the road. Motorists can manage even if the cattle stay put, but they tend to dart across the road, scaring two-wheeler riders,” he said.

The problem was not limited to these two roads, but spread across other State highways and roads under the control of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI).“The CTH road to Tiruvallur from Tiruninravu ron both directions, Avadi–Poonamallee State Highway,TIruninravur–Periyapalayam via Pakkamand even the service roads of Outer Ring Road have large numbers of cattle.

Near HinduCollege Railway Station, cattle are sleeping. We need some kind of regulation for the cattle. Local bodies, State Highways and NHAI need to step up their act. Due to COVID-19, their concentration is elsewhere and motorists are suffering,” said T. Sadagopan, consumeractivist.

Owners don’t care

Even the IT Highway, Rajiv Gandhi Salai, is not free from cattle that sleep on the road. Phase II of the road has plenty of cattle which roam as they please. “The owners don’t seem to bother about this. Sometimes, the cattle get injured and are left on the road to die,” said Harsha Koda, OMR resident.

NHAI officials said that road under their control were patrolled to ensure that cattle do not stray on to the carriageway. The frequency of patrolling would be increased to prevent intrusions, said a senior official.


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