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Steps to ease traffic snarls on Karamana-Killipalam stretch

By Our Staff Reporter

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, FEB. 13. The introduction of one-way traffic regulation along the busy Karamana-Killipalam stretch of the National Highway 47 to expedite the road widening works and construction of the new Karamana bridge will be enforced by the authorities from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

A top official of the Traffic wing said the one-way system that has come into effect since Wednesday will be strictly enforced during the 12-hour period to prevent traffic snarls in the Killipalam-Karamana stretch and to complete the road widening work on target.

As per the regulation, heavy vehicles proceeding to Neyyattinkara from the city would have to go via Chenthittta, Kannettumukku, Jagathy, Poojappura, Kunchalamoodu and Kalpalayam. Light motor vehicles proceeding to Karamana would have to go via Bakery junction, Vazhuthacaud, DPI junction, Jagathy and Poojappura. Vehicles coming from Thirumala to the city would have to come via Pallimukku, Pangode, Edapazhanji, SMC, Vazhuthacaud, Xanadu and Panavila. The stretch from Poojappura to Jagathy has been made one way by the authorities to prevent traffic snarls. The authorities are hoping that the traffic congestion will ease considerably in the coming days once the motorists and the citizens get used to the new arrangement. During the lean hours, two-wheelers will be exempted from the regulation on humanitarian grounds.

The new arrangement had been leading to traffic snarls in the narrow DPI- Jagathy road, Jagathy and Edappazhanji junctions and causing hardship to the motorists and citizens alike. Traffic snarls were witnessed at Jagathy and Edapazhanji junctions during peak hours.

Although additional traffic policemen had been posted on the stretch, they are helpless as the carriageway on many stretches is not wide enough to accommodate the traffic volume.

Those staying in the Jagathy-Poojapura-Karamana stretch and depending on the KSRTC and private buses for commutation are the worst hit as the section has been made one way. For a motorist to proceed from Karamana to Poojapura, a distance of hardly two kms, he has now to proceed via Killipalam, East Fort, Statue and Vazhuthacaud.

The traffic blocks at Edappazhanji, Jagathy and Kochar road is being caused as all the motorists from the Poojappura and adjoining side try to enter the city through Pangode, Jagathy and Vazhuthacaud side instead of proceeding via Karamana.

A large number of traffic police personnel have been posted on the Jagathy-Pangode-Poojappura stretch. As many as 20 traffic constables and a Sub Inspector have been posted on this stretch, the official said.

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