CHENNAI: Traffic changes on Kutchery Road in Mylapore for metro rail work has triggered a surge in traffic in the abutting smaller lanes. Residents complain that, coupled with encroachments and haphazard parking, traffic has become a nightmare for them.
As part of the changes, light motor vehicles from Kutchery Road to Santhome High Road are diverted at Kalvivaru Street towards Mundakanni Amman Koil Street and Bazaar Road.
Those going towards Luz Junction from Santhome via Kutchery Road are diverted at Devadi Street, Nadu Street and RK Mutt Road. “These lanes cannot handle such heavy vehicular traffic. It has increased congestion and impacted businesses. There is a need to enforce parking in the lanes and remove encroachments to facilitate smooth flow of traffic,” said Abdul Rahman, a gemologist, whose family has been running a shop on Kutchery Road since the 1940s.
M J Thulasiram, a resident of South Mada Street, said encroachments and haphazard parking in the small lanes and Mada streets around the Mylapore temple are adding to the problem. “Public opinion should have been sought before such measures were put in place,” he said.
P Mohan, who assists his brother run the Rayar Mess off Arundale Street, said that the business has taken a hit. “Many who come by car do not want to take the trouble of driving through small lanes,” he said. R Bharadwaj, a resident, said traffic enforcement was poor and vehicles taking both ways on one-way roads have made things worse.
Dha Velu, Mylapore MLA, said, “We are trying to come out with a solution along with the traffic police.”