CHENNAI: Residents in Raja Annamalai Puram (RA Puram) near Mandaiveli are relieved as a number of medians with steel railings that were constructed on CP Ramasamy Road has helped regulate traffic at the signal.
“This is a very busy junction and motorists are witness to traffic jams regularly, even during non-peak hours. The median has restricted those who try to jump the queue,” says E Hamsaraja, who runs a snack shop beside the signal. The medians were constructed around three weeks ago.
“They have made a huge difference to the junction. Earlier, cars used to try and fast-track through the right lane that was meant for the traffic from the other side. This lead to a number of minor accidents as well. Railings on the median prevent this. It has helped streamline the traffic,” says RM Sai Shankar, a chartererd accountant whose office is on CP Ramasamy road. He adds that it has also made life easier for those rushing into the hospital that is located opposite the junction.
Apart from railings, a yellow metal board is also placed just in front of the medians. “Earlier, cars would travel over floor level dividers regularly. The yellow board prevents that from happening,” says S Arumugam, an auto driver operating in the area.
The traffic in the area could be better regulated by deputing a traffic policeman, as a number of motorists continued to jump the red light, says Shankar.