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PostPosted: Sun Feb 20, 2011 8:15 am 
Avoid peak hours or spare time to jostle your way


TIRUCHI: If you aspire for a hassle-free drive in the junction area, stay away during peak hours, especially between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Though this area remains a hotspot for traffic congestion throughout the day, the situation becomes worse in the evening with the wave of passengers because it is the time for many trains to leave for Chennai, Ernakulam and Mysore while expresses such as Pallavan, Mangalore–Chennai, Boatmail and Sethu arrive at the junction.

On the other hand, an all-time rush tests the management skill of the traffic police personnel. With the stream of passengers flowing in the both directions, a large volume of vehicles criss-crossing the area compounds the chaos.

What aggravates the situation is the haphazard dropping of passengers from the city buses. The buses bound for the central bus stand prefer to skip the junction and, instead, force the passengers to alight near Vazhi Vidu Vel Murugan Temple causing traffic snarl up to the Cooptex showroom. The movement of vehicles via Viralimalai road flyover is also heavy.

“To check these traffic hold-ups, the city police and the transport authorities should remove the outer junction bus stand opposite the Murugan temple and shift the bus stop for those proceeding towards Chatram to near the Daily Thanthi office,” says C. Balasubramanian, president, Tiruchi District Exnora.

Traffic constables should be posted in front of the junction circle, McDonalds Road, near the old TTC bus stand, Aristo roundabout, in front of Vasan Medicals, and near the Kamaraj statue, Mr. Balasubramanian suggested.

The stranding of heavy vehicles and four-wheelers on the Bharathiar Road up to R. C. School on one end and till the Viralimalai road flyover on the other end is a regular feature.

The absence of traffic policemen encourages vehicle users to flout rules leading to bottleneck on the Rockins Road and Mc Donalds Road and till the central bus stand. As a result, vehicles from the Viralimalai Road overbridge towards the central bus stand line up till the Aristo hotel roundabout.

The problem is more pronounced on Sunday, when a large fleet of Omni vans halt at certain unofficially notified spots in and around the junction to pick up passengers.

The Kamaraj statue junction near the central bus stand is another critical point of frequent congestion. This is because of the parking of Omni vans along the VOC Road, Usha junction, in front of the Sangeetha hotel, Vignesh hotel and behind the Cooptex showroom.

The Royal Road is also not free from chaos.

The buses proceeding to Chennai and Thanjavur zip through the entrance near the Periyar statue and approach the Williams Road. Besides, buses heading Salem, Coimbatore and Bangalore pass through the entrance near the 117 Battalion campus. Traffic hold-ups are also prevalent opposite Vasan medicals.

A trouble-shooting team should be positioned from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the junction and an integrated bus stand should be completed speedily at Panchappur, people say.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 31, 2011 10:31 pm 

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shriraaam wrote:
I think there is a need for regularisation of auto fares in Trichy!!! :idea: :idea:
Although much of the auto service in very good,the price is too much!!!
I many places the charged price is about Rs.10-Rs12/Km :ugeek: and its certainly costly....
I think if unchecked,auto travels could prove to be a very costly affair..... :ugeek: :ugeek:
The corporation might consider introducing normalised fare/km for autos!!! :!: :!:

:ugeek: :ugeek: Typical mileage for an Indian-made auto rickshaw is around 35 kilometers per liter of petrol (about 2.9 L per 100 km, or 82 miles per gallon [United States (wet measure), 100 miles per gallon Imperial (United Kingdom, Canada)]. :ugeek: :ugeek:

Todays cost/l of petrol is Rs.63.2.

Investment cost/35 km(1 litre) for autos : Rs.63.2
Charged cost/km for autos : Rs.10
Cost to customer/35 km(1 litre) : Rs.350

Net amount :Rs.286.8 (per litre)
maintenance cost/lt :Rs.5(approx)

Net profit :Rs.281.8(per litre) :?: :?:

(ooohh!!!tats a lot of maths!!!! :geek: :geek: )

The above is purely for petrol autos...
For diesel ones,the cost reduces(obviously the noise increases a lot!!!! :roll: )

Now tats wat u call a smart business...!!!!!!! :D :D

(Some might claim that its after all a means of private transportation!!!!
If it is so,
then y the hell do we have meters in auto??????????????? :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: )

Hi shriraaam, as far as possible try to post in the existing topic.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 23, 2011 7:17 am 
Haphazard parking takes a toll on city roads


TIRUCHI: In recent years, Tiruchi city has witnessed a considerable development in its infrastructure facilities particularly roads whether National Highways, State Highways or Corporation roads.

The conversion of Tiruchi-Chennai National Highway into a four-lane road, and expansion and widening of major thoroughfares in the city by the Corporation are a gift to road-users. Incidentally, the development and expansion took place almost simultaneously in the last two to three years. The Thillai Nagar main road, Collector office road, Williams road, Bharathiar road, Salai road, Sastri road, and Madurai road were developed and strengthened over the last few years . This has ensured free flow of traffic to a major extent.

However, the presence of automobile workshops, shops selling decorative stickers for four-wheelers and more importantly, haphazard parking on both sides of the road by omnibuses in the busy roads continues to create traffic bottlenecks much to the chagrin of road-users enforcement agencies and traffic authorities.

Consumer activists say that the stretch from State Express Transport Corporation bus stand to R.C.School junction becomes a convenient spot for drivers to park lorries, vans and omnibuses on either side of the Mcdonalds road. This has almost become a daily phenomenon causing serious inconvenience to pedestrians.

The problem on Bharathidasan road, especially the stretch between Mutharaiyar statue junction to cantonment police station is the parking of cars, auto rickshaws and other vehicles during peak hours in the mornings and evenings causing extreme hardship to the other vehicle- users. The cars are parked haphazardly blocking free flow of traffic, consumer activists say.

Collector Office road, which sports a new look, has also not been spared. Omnibuses, parcel lorries are parked in front of the Raja Colony in a row. At Periamilaguparai area, heavy vehicles are found parked on the left side of the road, waiting to be repaired at workshops located on the right side of the road. The trouble is palpable even at the entrance of KAP Viswanatham Government Medical College. Birds road – a narrow stretch – accounts for a row of automobile workshops, and lot of three and four-wheelers are seen parked here, causing traffic bottleneck.

Schools, central government offices, cinema halls, residential apartments are situated on the Williams road. Four wheelers are found parked throughout the day in front of the car accessories stores, and sticker shops situated on the road.

Notwithstanding the removal of encroachments, haphazard parking of vehicles along the city roads persists, calling for greater attention on the part of the enforcement authorities in ensuring better traffic management, say city residents in unison. The parking of vehicles along these stretches shrinks the road space, causing traffic hold up and makes the zone accident- prone.

With the number of light, medium and heavy vehicles increasing day by day, long time residents of the city feel that the authorities concerned should earmark specific areas for parking of omnibuses, lorries, and other light vehicles. Given the burgeoning vehicle population, it is high time that steps should be taken for the construction of an integrated bus stand with immediate effect, with a separate area earmarked for parking omnibuses.

According to C.Balasubramanian, president, district Exnora, the operators of tourist cars, contract buses, omnibuses should be directed to park their vehicles in their own premises to ensure that the common man has a safe drive.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 03, 2011 8:53 am 

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Haphazard parking of vehicles drives pedestrians up the wall

cutting a sorry figure: Vehicles being parked indiscriminately on the Pattabiraman Pillai Road in Tiruchi.

TIRUCHI: The Pattabiraman Pillai Road, an arterial road, is fast emerging as another traffic bottleneck in the city on account of indiscriminate parking of vehicles and roadside workshops.

The traffic volume on the narrow road has increased manifold in recent years after it was made the entry route to the city for mofussil buses via the Anna Nagar Main Road. Being a densely populated area with houses and shops bing close to the road, there is hardly any scope for expanding the road's width.

Several new apartments, including a few multi-block complexes and commercial establishments have come up along the road over the past few years.

The road space is being shrunk further as several two-wheelers and autorickshaws are routinely parked in front of the service workshops that line up the road. Construction of the storm water drains with covered pavements has only come in handy for the workshops.

Apart from conveniently occupying the pavement, many of them extend their workspace on to road and vehicles could be seen repaired or serviced right on the road. “There is practically no space available for pedestrians on this road.

On one side the entire pavement is occupied by the shops and on the other there is no pavement at all. Two wheeler riders are often squeezed on to the road extremes by the speeding heavy vehicles,” observes R.Lakshmi, a college student who commutes through the road.

Further up the road, haphazard parking of vehicles close to the Maruthi Hospital junction has been impeding road traffic, especially during peak hours.

Vehicles could be seen parked right through the day in front of an auto accessories shop located right in front of the hospital.

Vehicles entering and exiting the shop often bring traffic to a halt. Mofussil buses also halt here to drop passengers on request.

This apart, visitors to the couple of hospitals at the junction prefer to park their vehicles on the road rather than use the designated parking lots created by the hospitals. Except at times of VIP visits, when the road is diligently cleared of all parked vehicles, the police turn a blind eye to the problem.

Till the mid-1990s the road was essentially serving as an alternative link, used by light vehicles and two-wheelers, to the Puthur High Road-Thennur High Road-Thillai Nagar Main Road, points out V.Jaganathan, a senior citizen.

A few years back, mofussil buses entering the city were diverted to go via Shastri Road, Anna Nagar Main Road and the Pattabiraman Pillai Road, essentially to ease the congestion on the Thennur High Road and Thillai Nagar Main Road.

The diversion was enforced despite the fact that buses and other heavy vehicles have to go through an acutely constricted, though short, road stretch connecting the Anna Nagar Main Road and the Pattabiraman Pillai Road.

“Motorists are exposed to grave risk at this junction as they have to negotiate a blind corner,” says Mr.Jaganathan. Civic officials expect the problem to be overcome once Anna Nagar Link Road, connecting the Anna Nagar Main Road and Cantonment, was in place.

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