The recent death of a man, who was mowed down by a train at the Pattravakkam level crossing has brought to light the risk taken by two-wheeler riders who use the narrow opening next to the gate to cross over to the other side.
During peak hours, around 100 to 150 two-wheelers hurriedly make their way through the opening to cut down on time. “This route helps me save some time, but because of the volume of traffic, it is very difficult to cross from one side to the other,” says Babu, a motorcyclist who takes the route often.
Another rider, Sumanth, adds that the alternative routes are full of potholes and there is a tremendous amount of traffic, leading to gridlocks during the peak morning and evening hours.
“The level crossing is very busy. Every time I cross, there are trains whizzing past, and motorists have to take risk. This is extremely dangerous,” he says.
The overpass being constructed at the crossing promises not only to make the commute for two-wheeler riders safer, but also decrease congestion.
However, work on the overpass has slowed down, with residents expressing concern over the delay in its construction.
“I hope the overpass is completed soon, as everyday motorists are taking risk at the crossing,” adds Sumanth.
The route from Thirumullaivoyal to Padi poses numerous problems for commuters.
The roads are riddled with potholes and encroachments, causing bottlenecks. Also, lack of connectivity by public transport has forced local residents to depend on private transport to commute to and from work.
K Sampath, a plumber who resides in the area, says that if public transport services are increased, many would avoid taking out their two-wheelers and this could ease traffic congestion in the area.