Kozhikode

Violation of one-way rule rampant on Balussery highway

Motorists violating the one-way rule at Thadambattuthazham on the Kozhikode-Balussery State highway.

Motorists violating the one-way rule at Thadambattuthazham on the Kozhikode-Balussery State highway.  

Chaos reign at Thadambattuthazham and Kakkodi junctions

The violation of one-way traffic rule at Thadambattuthazham and Kakkodi junctions on the Kozhikode-Balusery State highway is turning into a death trap for motorists as well as pedestrians.

Accidents have become common even during non-peak hours with the poor enforcement at both these junctions. Motorists have scant respect for the ‘No Entry’ barricade erected on the road.

Mostly, speeding private buses and two-wheelers are involved in accidents at these junctions.

On Thursday, a schoolboy was injured when a raging two-wheeler rider shoved him while crossing the road. “Motorists have scant respect for the signs boards of the Traffic Department near the Vengeri Wholesale Agricultural Market,” K. Haneefa, a fish vendor, said.

Vehicles coming from Vengeri side have to take the right deviation to reach Thadambattuthazham and proceed to Karikkamkulam. Likewise, vehicles coming from Karikkamkulam should take the left deviation proceeding to Vengeri.

“With vehicles coming from three sides, the tri-junction at Thadambattuthazham has turned into a place of utter chaos,” Rashid, a greengrocer, said.

The traffic situation at Kakkodi is turning worse with each passing day. It appears that motorists simply want to disobey the one-way regulation at the bazaar.

Shopkeepers having been informing the Traffic Department to take action, especially against erring private bus drivers. But to no avail.

The narrow highway is already posing a risk to motorists with the Public Works Department failing to repair potholes on the road. Besides, the widening of the road have been hanging fire for quite some time.

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