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Residents in a tight spot

C. Jaishankar

Poor sanitation facility, bad traffic system in Kilakarai irk them

— Photo: L. Balachandar

At crossroads:Traffic congestion, a common sight in Kilakarai.

RAMANATHAPURAM: Kilakarai is a renowned coastal town in the State but life is a nightmare for many residents in view of improper sanitation facility, poor town planning and traffic chaos.

The topography of the town, which was recently upgraded as a municipality, suggests that it is one of the most congested towns in the State with narrow roads, small by-lanes and too many houses within a compound.

Except East Coast Road and Jimma Mosque Road, the average width of many streets in the town is just 10 feet. Streets with a width of just five to seven feet also exist.

In fact, only one vehicle, particularly a car, can be driven in a street at a time. Several streets can accommodate only autorickshaws and two-wheelers. If a car comes on the opposite direction, the incoming car has to take a reverse along the zigzag lanes to give way to the other car.

There will not be any problem, if both the drivers adjust. Heated arguments between drivers are common in the streets, whenever they lock horns with each other. The passersby have to intervene to find an amicable solution between them.

The situation is worse on Jimma Mosque Road, which is the only major road except ECR in the town. It has to withstand heavy traffic, including buses, private cars, vans, autorickshaws, lorries and two-wheelers.

Traffic snarls are common, owing to excessive vehicles than the road capacity, haphazard parking of buses, cars and lorries. “Driving a vehicle is a tough task in the town, particularly during peak hours. Apart from several other reasons, indiscriminate parking of vehicles has compounded the issue,” said N. Ibrahim.

Many feel that encroachments on many streets and lanes were rampant. “The authorities remain inactive. Even small streets, lanes and by-lanes are being encroached upon for forming staircases or sit-outs,” a resident said. While pointing out several other issues confronting the town, including bad management of sanitation system, they urged the authorities, particularly the district administration and municipality, to undertake a survey to solve all the problems.

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