One side parking to decongest 15 roads at R.S. Puram
With narrow lanes of R.S. Puram - the first planned residential area in Coimbatore - briskly turning to a hotspot of commercial activity, residents of ward 23 have joined hands with the city police and Coimbatore Corporation to decongest 15 roads in their area by introducing one side parking.
Apart from streamlining parking, the initiative is expected to ease traffic movement on 15 roads starting from Cowley Brown Road to Ramalingam Road.
As per the new arrangement, vehicles will be allowed to park only on one side of the road for a month which will be changed to the other side of the road in the next month.
The roads where one side parking will be effective include Cowley Brown Road, Bhasyakarlu Road (East and West), Periyasamy Road (East and West), Venkatasamy Road (East and West) Ponnurangam Road (East and West), T.V. Samy Road (East and West), Lokmanya Road (East and West), Sambantham Road (East and West), Kannusamy Road (East), Sivasubramaniam Road (East), Mecricar Road, Shanmugam Road and Venkatachalam Road.
Inaugurating the initiative on Thursday, City Police Commissioner A. Amalraj lauded residents association of ward 23 for taking the initiative. Mr. Amalraj wanted residents to strictly follow the new arrangement and make it a model project.
Industrialist Ravi Sam, also a resident of ward 23, said that residents decided to introduce one side parking system with the support of authorities after finding the arrangement effective in other cities.
Traffic Inspector (West) K.V. Sathasivem said that there had been good response after the one side parking system introduced on D.B. Road this April.
Coimbatore Consumer Cause to seek action against Highways Department
With improper openings along central median adding to traffic woes of Coimbatore, a city-based consumer body conducted a study on their impact in traffic management by taking two roads as samples.
As per the study conducted by Coimbatore Consumer Cause, central medians at Nanjundapuram Road and Thadagam Road were found opened at several places against the norms to be followed as per Indian Road Congress.
Its secretary K. Kathirmathiyon said that 12 median openings were found on a three km stretch of Thadagam Road and 22 openings along a similar distance on Nanjundapuram Road. Apart from these openings, both roads have small gaps on the medians with stone block for pedestrian crossing.
“The CCC has decided to write a complaint to the Supreme Court Committee on Road Safety pointing out the anomalies found in our study and seeking action against Highways Department. Improper median openings along both sample roads show that IRC norms have been violated by the Highways Department for the benefit of private enterprises, commercial establishments and residential units,” said Mr. Kathirmathiyon.
As per IRC norms on specifications and standards, median openings shall not be spaced closer than 2 km in open country. In built up area, the spacing between median opening shall not be less than 500 metres. The length of the opening should be 18 to 20 metre to facilitate vehicles to take ‘U’ turns from two sides.
“Median openings violating the norms have become a status symbol in front of Government offices. The openings between close distances in front of Coimbatore District (Rural) Police office and District Revenue Office is an example. On Nanjundapuram Road, the distance between two median openings in front of two apartments is just 50 metre,” said Mr. Kathirmathiyon.
According to him, improper median opening on several roads close to the traffic signal at tri-junctions and four-junctions is another concern.
On the event of getting red signal, motorists, mostly two-wheeler riders, take a free left and then take a right ‘U’ turn through the median crossing and again take a free left to bypass the signal. “Such openings affect free flow of traffic at signals. Median opening on such roads should be at least 150 metre away from the signal,” Mr. Kathirmathiyon added.
Not even a single road is in good condition ...what are these stupid authorities doing ??
Especially after these rains all roads have gone soo worst , mainly Saibaba colony area!! during now days has became soo much irritated ..we can casually find bumps and potholes everywhere!!
Such a corrupted corporation !!
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