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Traffic situation set to worsen

S. Anil Radhakrishnan

Curbs to continue after reopening of schools

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: With educational institutions in the city reopening next week and the monsoon setting in, the chaotic traffic conditions prevailing in the city are set to worsen.

The woes of motorists and pedestrians will be compounded, with an estimated 500 vehicles of the educational institutions likely to resume service from June 1. At present, traffic curbs prevail along the War Memorial-Martyrs' Column, Panjappura Junction-Martyrs' Column, Bakery Junction-Thampanoor and Pattoor-Pettah stretches as well as Killipalam and Pazhavangadi.

The traffic restrictions have been imposed to facilitate the construction of the underpass at Palayam and the flyover at Bakery Junction, the reconstruction of the culvert at Pattoor and cleaning of the canal at Pazhavangadi. The Kowdiar-Vellayambalam road has also been dug up at three places for laying ducts.

Although one stretch of the road near the Martyr's Column is open for traffic, utter chaos prevails here with snarls extending up to the Public Library. Illegal parking near the Palayam market, VJT Hall and Saphalyam complex and in front of the Malankara buildings as well as construction work in front of MLAs' Quarters add to the woes of the road users.

The Kerala State Road Transport Corporation buses to Thampanoor are being diverted through the Vanross-Chengalchoola-Housing Board-Model School Junction stretch. Although the stretch has been made one-way, confusion prevails. The situation will turn worse owing to heavy traffic movement through the stretch towards Vazhuthacaud and Thycaud once schools reopen.

Traffic along the Pettah-Pattoor stretch has been diverted for reconstructing the culvert.

The closure of Padmavilasom Road for cleaning the canal has led to snarls in East Fort. The reduction in the carriageway along the SP Fort Hospital-Eenchakkal stretch owing to the laying of ducts had been creating problems for motorists. The Traffic authorities are now thinking of restricting heavy vehicles through the road to ensure free flow of traffic.

A senior Traffic official told The Hindu that the situation would take a turn for the worse, as the curbs cannot be lifted till the works are over. "We expect double the traffic on roads from June 1. Even traffic through Pattoor road would not be resumed as announced."

The movement of heavy goods vehicles in the city limits during the peak hours has been banned along with the entry of parallel services into the city.

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