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Vehicle-free stretch along Marina for morning walkers

Public outreach: Traffic police presenting flowers to motorists as part of a road safety awareness campaign near the Light House at Marina beach in Chennai recently. R. Ravindran

Public outreach: Traffic police presenting flowers to motorists as part of a road safety awareness campaign near the Light House at Marina beach in Chennai recently. R. Ravindran  

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Loop Road made pedestrian-only between 5 a.m. and 8 a.m.

In a big relief to morning walkers who use the service road along Marina, the Chennai City Police has banned vehicles from using Loop Road, off Kamarajar Salai, from 5 a.m. and 8 a.m.

“In the interest of morning walkers, we have introduced a system prohibiting vehicular traffic on Marina Loop Road from Monday. Our objective is to ensure a pollution-free and hassle-free stretch for walkers during morning hours,” Additional Commissioner of Police, South, M.C. Sarangan, told The Hindu.

This initiative is a consequence of City Police Commissioner A.K.Viswanathan receiving multiple complaints from morning walkers about frequent accidents. According to statistics provided by the police, over 5,000 people use Loop Road, measuring for about 2 km, for their morning walk.

As per the restrictions, the Loop Road, from Chennai Coffee House to Slum Clearance Board, will be barred for vehicles between 5 a.m and 8 a.m. Walkers and beachgoers will be able to use the space behind Light House on Loop Road for parking. They can also park their vehicles in front of Slum Clearance Board and at Mattankuppam junction.

Police personnel will patrol vantage points to ensure the road stays vehicle-free in the morning.

They assured that the move will not impact traffic movement of the arterial Kamarajar Road.

M. Sridhar, an advocate and a morning walker on Marina Beach said, “There are people who use the stretch to learn to drive. Apart from that, youngsters who come to the beach to play football drive around rashly, posing a threat to walkers. Banning vehicles during morning hours is a welcome step, but the nuisance is real even during the evening hours, when a lot of people walk on the stretch. Police should impose restrictions during the evening hours too.”

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