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Chaotic conditions prevail in many busy stretches

By S. Anil Radhakrishnan

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, MAY 2 . Chaotic traffic conditions prevail in many busy roads in the capital city these days following the digging up of roads by various agencies for laying cables.

The delays in completing the road widening projects and lack of timely and proper repairs have added to the woes of the public.

Many road stretches such as the Karamana-Killipalam, Mudavanmugal-Tamalam, GPO-Ambujavilasom Road, Mathrubhumi Road, Press Club-Oottukuzhi Road, YMCA-Press Club Road, Vazhuthacaud-Jagathy Road, Pallimukku-Medical College Road and the road leading to Ambalamukku have become veritable death traps for motorists. With heavy rains lashing the capital for the last couple of days, motoring through the city roads has turned out to be a nightmare. It needs a great amount of perseverance for the two-wheelers to drive through these stretches.

The vehicles and pedestrians have a harrowing time navigating the Karaman-Killipalam stretch. The road widening work in this stretch of National Highway 47 is progressing at a snail's pace; the deadline set by the PWD (National Highway) for the completion of the work here has been revised several times. Traffic snarls resulting from the breakdown of vehicles have become a regular affair in the stretch, which have been made one-way.

The road around the Gandhi Park has become uneven due to water logging with huge potholes appearing near the main entrance of the park and near the private cinema theatre there. Motorists, especially two-wheelers, have a harrowing time trying to enter the premises to park the vehicles. The risk of two-wheeler drivers, being thrown off from the vehicles after hitting the ruts has increased, as judging the exact depth of the potholes filled with murky water is impossible. Potholes have also appeared and the surfaces have become uneven in the Mathrubhumi Road and the Kaithamukku-Punnapuram Road.

The lack of coordination between various agencies such as the KSEB, KWA and BSNL is one of the main reasons cited for chaotic road conditions in many stretches. The stretches such as Press Club-Ottukuzhi and the Ambujavilasom roads, which were resurfaced recently, were dug up for laying cables by the utility agencies.

It is pointed out that the agencies never bother to re-lay the stretches being dug for laying the cables and to give water connection to houses and shops. The small trenches near the Devaswom Board Buildings on the NH 47 and on the DPI-Vazhuthacaud Road near All India Radio and the Hindi Prachar Sabha have not been filled for several weeks. Motorists often are forced to swerve their vehicles to avoid falling into these potholes or to prevent collisions with other vehicles.

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