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Traffic tangles:The traffic police personnel are trying out various options to avoid precarious vehicular movement at southern and northern ends of the flyover at Vannarpettai in Palayamkottai.
TIRUNELVELI: To sort out the problems pertaining to the movement of vehicles around the recently inaugurated flyover at Vannarpet, particularly the vehicles going from west to south and east to north, the police are working overtime to find an effective solution.
As anticipated, the flyover built in the south – north direction, having less vehicular traffic, has not fully resolved the perennial traffic congestion at this busy point. Vehicles coming from Tirunelveli Junction and intend to take the south bypass road suffer a lot as they have to take a ‘U' turn at the northern end of the flyover even as buses and lorries are descending from the overpass at high speed.
Seven minor accidents
As it resulted in seven minor accidents on day one and altercation between the owners of vehicles involved, the police have decided to make some arrangements on southern and northern ends of the flyover.
“After extending the median at both ends of the flyover (in the south as well as in the north) for about 50 or 100 metres, we're planning to put small traffic islands on both sides of the overpass so that the vehicles coming from the west can move towards north and can easily take a ‘U' turn at this point to take the bridge. Similarly, the vehicles coming from the east can take the ‘U' turn at the small traffic island south of BSNL Office and enter the flyover. To reduce the speed of the vehicles descending from the bridge and also velocity of the vehicles approaching the flyover, speed-breakers will be provided at vantage points in these vulnerable areas,” said Commissioner of Police, Tirunelveli city, Abhay Kumar Singh.
He also favours allowing the two and three-wheelers to take a ‘U' turn in front of Sakthi Hospital.
Open to suggestions
Mr. Singh said the police was open to valuable suggestions from the public in this connection.
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