Congestion a common sight on Erode roads

With increase in density of vehicles, many junctions that do not have traffic signals or traffic personnel witness frequent congestions and confusion among the road users.

Apart from the arterial roads, many roads have been newly-laid in areas where houses have come up in large numbers in the past years. This result in increase in vehicle movement on roads that connect the arterial roads.

Roads that lead to NGGO Colony, Teachers Colony, Kumalankuttai, Palayapalayam from Perundurai Road, Periya Valasu Road, Nasiyanur Road – Sampath Nagar Road, Thindal – Villarasampatti Road, Chennimalai Road – EVN Road junction, Periyar Nagar Road, Poosari Chennimalai Street, Ramasamy Street, Muthukaruppan Street and many other junctions in the city witness frequent traffic snarls.

Since the movement of vehicles in these junctions is high during any part of the day, in the absence of signals or traffic personnel, road users face hardship.

“We have to proceed without stopping at these junctions or get caught with other vehicles,” said V. Muralidharan of Surampatti. He wanted traffic personnel to be posted at least during peak hours.

Since construction of flyover work and laying of pipelines for both underground drainage system and dedicated water supply is in progress on arterial roads, most of the road users use these junctions to reach the other roads.

Hence, these places witness frequent congestion as vehicle users have to interrupt other vehicles on arterial roads to pass through the roads.

“Automatic signals cannot be installed at these junctions. But the bus stops near many of these junctions should be moved farther away,” said T. Tulasimani of Sampath Nagar.

She wanted a permanent solution to be worked out so that road users feel safe while passing through this junction.

Senior police officials said that shortage of personnel to regulate traffic is a major problem that the city is facing and added that a proposal has been submitted to the government for increasing the strength.

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