Water stagnation at Ramanathapuram junction, traffic snarls at Singanallur, poor condition of the service road at Sungam, and the narrow stretch between Sulur and Neelambur bypass all add to the woes of the motorists on Trichy Road.
“Travelling from Sulur to Race Course area takes nearly one-and-a-half hours,” said an industrialist in Coimbatore. “Commuting even by car seems to be easier in metro cities compared to the roads and traffic issues in Coimbatore,” he said.
“Sometimes you wait for three green signals to pass before you can proceed at Singanallur junction,” the industrialist added.
An official of the State Highways Department said that land acquisition work is expected to get over soon for the down ramp under construction at Sungam, as part of the Trichy Road flyover. The department plans to ask for ₹4 crores to re-lay damaged portions of the service road for nearly 3.2 km, where the flyover is coming up. The damaged section of the road at Ramanathapuram junction can be redone only when the stagnating water drains and after the rains are over. The department is also preparing a project proposal to construct a flyover at Singanallur for 1.5 km. This will not require land acquisition.
Meanwhile, the National Highways Authority of India is preparing a project to have a bypass road from Karanampettai to Mettupalayam Road. When these projects are completed, the traffic congestion on Trichy Road will ease. K. Kathirmathiyon, secretary of Coimbatore Consumer Cause, added that there are plans to widen the entire stretch of Trichy Road from Coimbatore to Palladam, wherever it is narrow.
The officials are explaining about the project but as of now during this rainy season, people are facing many difficulties to cross those roads for school, college or work. The government should have an eye on it and put orders to complete the roadworks to Trichy.
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