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Lorry terminals start functioning

Madurai Bureau

MADURAI: The lorry terminals established at Mattuthavani, Kochadai and Avaniapuram began to function on Tuesday though it did not produce the desired result on the first day with just a couple of lorries seen parked at the facility in Mattuthavani.

Corporation sources said that lorry drivers had been given a grace time of six days. Thereafter, no lorry would be allowed to enter the city beyond the terminals during peak-hour traffic. The terminals have been created to provide safe parking space with a combined capacity to hold over 450 lorries. The local body has promised to create facilities such as drinking water, toilets and lighting.

Deputy Commissioner (Crime and Traffic) Jayasree said the new arrangement would go a long way in preventing fatal accidents in the city. After creating enough awareness of lorry terminals among drivers, the police would strictly not allow the trucks to enter the city between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

800 lorries enter city

On an average, 800 lorries entered the city limits for loading and unloading goods. Besides, hundreds of other lorries passed through the city on their way to different destinations, Assistant Commissioner (Traffic), K. Magudapathi, said.

“We wanted such a facility for at least 10 years,” president of Madurai Lorry Owners’ Association C. Sathaiah said. The association has appealed to the Corporation to provide crew rest room at the terminals. It has informed all its members and trucks coming from other States about the facility.

“We want the authorities to provide land at four places outside the city, so that all the godowns and booking offices of over 300 truck operators could be shifted away from the city for ever. We are ready to pay a nominal price for the land to decongest the city traffic,” Mr. Sathaiah said.

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