TAMIL NADU

Work under way to ensure free traffic movement at Palanganatham junction

Authorities concerned asked to re-lay stretches dug up to lay drainage pipes

MADURAI: The district administration has chalked out an action plan to ensure free flow of vehicular traffic on the highway between Pykara Junction and Vasantha Nagar in the city.

Collector S.S. Jawahar, who inspected the road along with Commissioner of Police K. Nandabalan recently, said Metro Water had been directed to re-lay within a fortnight the stretches that were dug up to lay underground drainage (UGD) pipelines. He also directed Corporation officials to solve the drainage problem.

Besides asking the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board to shift its electric posts away from the road, the Collector instructed the National Highways Authority of India officials to widen the road in places where encroachments were removed.

Mr. Jawahar said Metro Water had been asked to obtain permission from the city police before cutting roads and also employ the maximum number of labourers for speedy completion of UGD works.

The Collector has asked the police and the Highways Department Investigation Wing to provide suitable traffic islands on the basis of road geometrics. Further, he had mooted the idea of weekly traffic review meetings in which road accidents and action taken to reduce them will be discussed.

“We have devised an action plan for every work and department in a time-bound manner to set right all anomalies for the benefit of road users,” Mr. Jawahar said.

Buses impounded

Meanwhile, four private moffusil buses that were found violating the route permits were impounded on Tuesday night. During a surprise check, the Collector found that the bus crew were terminating their services at Tirumangalam, instead of taking the passengers to the Mattuthavani Integrated Bus Stand through Ring Road. Additional city buses were being operated for the benefit of passengers alighting at Tirumangalam bus stand.

Similarly, the TNSTC had been asked to collect night fare from passengers from 11 p.m. instead of 10 p.m., Mr. Jawahar said.

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