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NATPAC plan to reduce traffic snarls in Thrissur

T. Ramavarman

The scheme does not involve much land acquisition



New deal: Traffic congestion will be eased in Thrissur soon.

THRISSUR: The National Transportation Planning And Research Organisation (NATPAC) has mooted a scheme for easing traffic snarls in the city without involving much land acquisition and related costs.

The Director of NATPAC, S.K. Elankovan, told The Hindu here that the scheme aimed at better utilisation of existing traffic infrastructure, introduction of one- and two-way traffic as well as regulation of turnings at select junctions.

Observing that vehicle-to-vehicle conflict was a major reason for the traffic problems in cities, Dr. Elankovan said studies conducted by NATPAC during the preparation of the scheme found that some of the junctions in Thrissur were having very high numbers of 16 and 17 conflicts. The new scheme proposed by NATPAC would help reduce the number of conflicts in six junctions. For example, at Kokkala junction, the number of conflicts would be reduced from 16 to one, while it would be brought down from 17 to eight at Deewanjimoola. At Chettiangadi, the number of conflicts would be reduced from 16 to one and at KSRTC junction, from three to one. The scheme had also proposed modifications to reduce conflicts from 16 to five at Veliyannur junction and from three to one at P.O. junction.

Pedestrian facilities

The scheme has proposed several suggestions for reducing passenger-vehicle conflicts which are another cause of road accidents in cities. Pedestrian subways have been proposed at six points at Swaraj Round in the heart of the city. The proposed sub-way points include the Paramekkavu temple area, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Karunakaran Nambiar Road, Shoranur Road, Municipal Office Road and Kuruppam Road, to link all of them with Thekkinkadu Maidan. There are also proposals for ensuring appropriate footpaths and for installing railing barriers so that the people will be able to cross the roads only at stretches with zebra crossings.

Bus services

The scheme has proposed remodelling of the two major bus terminals: the Sakthan Thampuran and Vadakkechira bus stands. This is for ensuring orderly movement of buses and efficient operation. Revised routing patterns of private and KSRTC buses have been suggested to reduce traffic congestion and overloading at certain road corridors in the central business district (CBD) area. There are also proposals for introducing circular bus services around the CBD area.

The NATPAC study has found that the vehicle-to-capacity ratio in certain points of the city is as high as two which indicates that the number of vehicles flowing through such areas is double the road capacity. The Swaraj Round was found to be handling an hourly traffic volume of 2,800 to 4,700 passenger car units (PCU) on a normal day. The peak hourly traffic at other areas, such as Kuruppam Road and High Road, were also found to be very high in the range of 1,500 to 2,500 PCU.

Innovative ways to spread out the traffic was the only immediately available solution, though, in the long run, there will have to be schemes for expansion of roads and for the development of alternative areas for relocation of business and commercial activities. Though the study has identified shortage of parking facilities as a major problem in traffic management, it has rejected the proposal for shifting the parking area from the existing right side of the Swaraj Round to the left side. Instead, it has mooted some other schemes for improving traffic facilities.

A long-term plan for introducing a network system of ring roads and radial system has also been mooted in the NATPAC plan. Earlier, responding to the proposals of NATPAC at a discussion on them, the Mayor, K. Radhakrishnan, said steps would be taken for their implementation at the earliest.

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