Mixed response to new traffic arrangement

L. Srikrishna

Motorists want two-way traffic restored on Doraisamy Road

CHENNAI: The new traffic arrangement in T.Nagar, which came into effect on Saturday, evoked mixed response from residents.

With the festival season ahead and the flyover construction work under way, the traffic police recently announced changes in the area, such as one-way system on select stretches and imposition of restrictions on movement of certain vehicles.

Motorists using roads in the area, however, suggested that two-way traffic be allowed on Doraisamy Road. Office-goers would save travel time. Moreover, people usually went shopping to T.Nagar only in the afternoon, they said.

N. Ramanathan, who travels from Kumaran Colony, Vadapalani, to Parrys, said motorists were forced to use narrow by-lanes. For instance, K.R.Koil Street near Sankara Mutt would not be able to accommodate four-wheelers, he said.

A merchant on North Usman Road said since many business establishments were located on the road, closing it for vehicular traffic might pose problems. However, he welcomed the ban on autorickshaws and goods vehicles from noon to 9 p.m.

A resident of Dr.Nair Road said even the new traffic arrangement might not help until the flyover construction work on G.N.Chetty Road, Usman Road and Doraisamy Road stretches was completed.

When contacted, a senior police officer said it was too early to speak on the impact of the new arrangement.

The suggestions from the public would be considered, but he hoped that the traffic situation would improve from Monday.

Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Sunil Kumar said traffic flow on Saturday was smoother.

They were working on a few modifications that might come into effect from Monday.

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