Red-Hill Road

Red-Hill Road

Published - May 25, 2019 05:23 pm IST

The danger of sand deposits

Skids involving motorcyclists are becoming common on Red Hills–Puzhal Road

Sand accumulating on Red Hills–Puzhal Road is making the ride risky for motorcyclists. Coupled with the problem of poor visibility, it is causing skidding-related accidents.

Every day, a huge volume of vehicles, including container lorries heading towards the Chennai port, pass through the stretch. In fact, the Red Hills–Puzhal Road has nearly half-a-dozen private container freight depots, especially around Madhavaram.

“The road is poorly-lit especially between Puzhal and Red Hills. And then, continual movement of lorries makes the stretch dusty,” says S. Prakash, a motorist from Red Hills.

As per the norms, accumulated sand on busy roads should be removed at least thrice a week depending on the location and usage. These include roads maintained by the State Highways or the respective local body.

Roads like Kolathur High Road, Puzhal–Red Hills Road, Mount–Poonamallee Main Road especially around Porur and Kundrathur Main Road gather a great amount of sand, mainly due to waterbodies being located on some sections of these roads.

Sand accumulates on roads like Chennai–Tiruvallur High (CTH) Road, Jawaharlal Nehru Main Road, Arcot Road and Poonamallee High (PH) Road mainly due to high volume of vehicles, and their movement round-the-clock. If this sand is not removed, it can cause skidding accidents.

On a regular basis, such risky spots are identified by the local traffic police and discussed during their monthly inter-departmental meetings involving various departments including police, Tangedco, State Highways, local body and Metrowater.

On Puzhal – Red Hills Road, the work of clearing the accumulated sand on both sides have not been done for more than three months citing shortage of manpower. Continual movement of vehicles especially during the day is also cited as a reason for non-removal of deposited sand.

“Steps will be taken to remove the deposited sand on the stretch soon,” says a State Highways official.

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