KOCHI:Though the Kaloor-Kadavanthra road was opened to the public as a four-lane road, the illegal parking on both sides of the road has almost narrowed the stretch to a two-lane.
The encroachments by street vendors and other business establishments on the footpaths has made travelling along this 4 km stretch a risky affair.
“Compared to last year, the road is in better condition as there are few potholes. However, driving along this stretch is a risky task as vehicles are parked on both sides of the road. There are vehicles negligently parked even on sharp curves of the road,” said Fahad, a resident of Fort Kochi who frequents this route to reach Kaloor.
Though the Kochi Mayor’s house is located on this stretch, the Corporation has also failed to initiate any action against the offenders and continues to pass the buck on the traffic police.
“Owing to illegal parking on the roadsides, several motorists have met with accidents. If a bus is to pass through the road, the other vehicles have to make way for it. The illegal parking is really a curse here and the GCDA, which owns the road, should also take the initiative to curb this road violation,” said a local man.
When contacted, GCDA Chairman N Venugopal said that action would be initiated to curb the illegal parking.