After a delay of close to four years, the flyover in Mint is now ready for public use. It will provide motorists and more particularly residents of Vallalar Nagar, relief from the swelling traffic along the ever busy Old Jail Road.
To facilitate the construction of the flyover, authorities had restricted several roads, including the Old Cemetery Road, to one-way traffic, besides postponing the inauguration of the subway on Monegar Choultry (MC) Road, the work on which was completed long ago. But with the opening of the Mint Flyover and the MC Road Subway, all the restrictions are set to be revoked.
The crucial location of this flyover — at a commercial trade hotspot and in proximity to a Government High School and the Government Stanley Hospital — is a respite for many.
S Gopi, a share auto driver says, “We have often seen ambulances getting stuck in traffic at this junction, and crossing this road during the peak hour traffic is a nightmare for school students.” Others, who had borne the brunt of the delays, were the significant number of hawkers. These vendors were forced to shift to other places due to the construction work.
M Mahendran, a fruit vendor says, “I have had my stall here for over six years now. But for the last two years, many of us have shifted to places far from our earlier location. The move has adversely affected our business.” U Raja, a resident of an apartment complex on Old Jail Road, said: “Traffic along this road has remained perennially clogged since the road is hardly adequate to accommodate so much traffic, but the flyover will hopefully change this.”
For users of MC Road, the wait has been much longer for almost eight years now. The subway, which has also been opened, is located in the vicinity of the RSRM Hospital and another Government School.
“The subway, after being completed, was allowed for use unofficially to aid smooth traffic flow, but after an accident that took place here sometime ago, it was closed,” said S Vinoth, a resident.
According to Kutty S of Vallalar Nagar, the busy MC Road was the worst affected during the construction of the flyover.
He says,” A large part of the traffic from the Old Jail Road was diverted to MC Road ever since the flyover construction began. With the construction of the subway already eating into usable space on the road, the traffic has been extremely heavy.” Both the projects, which have cost about `40 crore, are expected to streamline the traffic flow.