August 24, 2016
The Namma Kovai Whatsapp group has been receiving messages seeking smooth flow of traffic outside the Mettupalayam bus stand. Deputy Commissioner of Police (traffic) S. Saravanan, who is also a member of the group, acted swiftly and the result – hassle free traffic at the spot since this morning.
Sharing details with Covai Post, Saravanan said the traffic department, in less than two days, chalked out plans to address the woes of the public.
The Mettupalayam bus stand, where many local and outstation buses ply, was chaotic earlier. The buses either stopped either outside or opposite to the bus stand. “Now the drivers have been instructed to pick up and drop passengers only from inside the bus stand. No buses will be allowed to halt outside the stand,” he said.
Also the bus stand opposite to the main junction has been shifted 100 metres away. “This has automatically eased the flow of traffic. We have kept boards instructing crew and passengers about the new stop,” he added.
Another short term solution implemented since morning was at the vegetable market opposite to the Mettupalayam bus stand. “The heavy vehicles have been strictly instructed to operate in this stretch between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m. only and they have agreed.”
Also more policemen have been deployed on the stretch to man the traffic at this junction. “Everybody including the crew and passengers have been cooperating. Right now it is hassle free,” Saravanan said.
The Coimbatore City Traffic Police (CCTP) has submitted a proposal to the Corporation to erect central medians across the stretch from ARC junction to the Mettupalayam bus stand. “Once we get the approval, we will act quickly. The vehicles will follow road rules and there will be more discipline,” he said.
The CCTP has also planned of convert the muddy stretch outside the vegetable market into a parking lot. “A proposal to lay a road has been sent and we are waiting for approval. If roads are laid, this space can be used as a parking lot for two wheelers and light vehicles that come to the vegetable market.” Saravanan says. The long term solutions would be implemented in three months time.