Chennai

‘We have no choice but to dart across this road’

That is the complaint of pedestrains taking a zebra crossing on a section of Durgabai Deshmukh Road in R.A. Puram

On Durgabai Deshmukh Road, near MGR Janaki College of Arts and Science, pedestrians dart across the road, sometimes dodging moving vehicles. On the face of it, this may seem like an act of defiance, one that sends motorists into a tizzy. If you looked closer, you would realise these pedestrains are not at fault.

They are crossing the road at a designated point — it’s in fact a zebra crossing. And, they have no choice but to scud across the road, as the motorists just wouldn’t stop for them, except during rush hour, when a police personnel regulates vehicular movement at the crossing.

Following representations by many pedestrians frequenting this section, a zebra crossing was created there. There would be a police personnel for a good part of the day to help pedestrains cross this section.

At present, with the police presence restricted to rush hour, this zebra crossing of little use to pedestrains for most part of the day.

Motorists come at such a high speed and do not stop or slow down to let pedestrians cross the road, says a college student.

Besides, there is also the factor of undisciplined pedestrainss jaywalking across the stretch. All these add up to the risk of accidents on this section.

“What is needed here is a pedestrian signal; that alone address the issue,” says S. Priya, a resident of Keshavaperumal Puram, located on a lane leading off the nearby Greenways Road.

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