Motorists have urged the city corporation to switch on the street lights on the stretch connecting Ukkadam Road and Trichy Road along Valankulam lake. The busy road provides the much-required connectivity to reach key hubs in the city, including the Coimbatore Medical College Hospital.
The lights were installed on the road when the city corporation beautified the lake under the smart city project for Rs 24.47 crore. “But they are never switched on. If they are on, we would be able to cross the stretch, measuring less than a kilometre, without any hassle,” a motorist said.
Mohammed Hasan, a resident of Ukkadam, said many motorists hesitate to take the road when it is shrouded in darkness. “At night, it would be difficult to spot pedestrians at a safe distance. Apart from motorists, pedestrians also face danger at night”.
B Veerakumar, a commuter, said the presence of cows and ponies makes the stretch more dangerous. “It is difficult to spot dark-skinned animals at night. The lights should stay on throughout the night to help people travel without any difficulty,” he said. Also, Tipplers camp on the bunds of Valankulam after it turns dark. They would be deterred if the area is lit up.
An official with the smart city scheme should take up the issue and do the needful for the sake of the public.
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