Chennai: Residents of Singaperumalkoil say they are forced to take detours because direct access to Grand Southern Trunk (GST) Road has been blocked by concrete bollards.As a result, those travelling to hospitals, schools, bus stops and shops on the other side of the road are forced to take a 1.5km detour.
To avoid this, many motorists, particularly bikers, tend to drive on the wrong side leading to accidents, said G Ganesh, a resident-activist from Singaperumalkoil.“For more than two years, several streetlights along this busy national highway, connecting Chennai with Trichy, have remained dysfunctional. Despite several people losing their lives and getting injured in accidents reported after six in the evening, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has been a mute spectator,” said Ganesh.
Corroborating this, official data suggests that the portion of NH-45 between Tambaram and Chengalpet is one of the most accident-prone highway stretches in the country. Every year, around 100 road accident fatalities were reported on this 33km stretch.The concrete structures had been installed five years ago when NHAI began widening the stretch between Tambaram and Chengalpet into an eight-lane road.
Now that the expansion work is complete, Singaperumalkoil residents have urged the government to remove these barricades and restore traffic movement. They have urged Chengalpet police to convert the intersection into a traffic-controlled junction.Traffic police, however, say that adding more signalled-junctions on the national highway will affect traffic flow and result in congestion during peak hours or festival weekends when thousands of vehicles leave the city. However, cops have planned to take up the issue with the district collector in a meeting scheduled this week as NHAI has been objecting to the proposal.
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Source: The Times of India