CHENNAI: Parking violations continue at the intersection of Srinivasa Avenue Road and School View Road at Raja Annamalai Puram. Close to 30 cabs and private cars from adjacent areas park their vehicles blocking the entrances of houses in all the three School View Cross Streets.
Residents complain that this causes a lot of inconvenience as they find it difficult to move in and out of their homes. These roads get choked with traffic during peak hours, particularly with the Raja Muthiah Higher Secondary School near this junction.
V Chockalingam, of First School View Cross Street said that despite having ‘No Parking’ signs fixed on the gates, private cab drivers and residents from Raja Muthiah Puram, continue to park their four-wheelers obstructing the entry or exit to our houses. “It was frustrating to find out vehicles parked right in front of the house every morning. We had to walk all the way to adjacent streets, to find out whose car it was and request them to move the car so that we could take out our vehicles parked inside the house,” said Nathan, president of the local resident welfare association.
Chockalingam added that they had filed a complaint with the local traffic police several times. “But there was hardly any response from them as they take a lenient view of the violations. These vehicles block the view of motorists at curves and bends. There have been several instances of motorists narrowly escaping collision,” he averred.
Nathan added that the risk increases when people move towards the School View Road. “They don’t stop at intersection; they just swerve and drive at full speed along the free left and right turns,” he rued. “It’s chaotic and increases the risk of collision and fatal accidents.”
When City Express contacted the residents of Raja Annamalai Puram, they said that as their roads were too narrow to set up a parking lot or garage, they were left with no other option but to park along roads wherever they found space.