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Road Near Chattambiswami Park to be Closed

The move is to ensure smooth flow of traffic. TRDCL will redefine park’s periphery as part of the City Roads Improvement Project

Published: 01st August 2015 05:53 AM  |   Last Updated: 01st August 2015 05:53 AM   |  A+A-

Chattambiswami

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:The road between Chattambiswami Park and Fort Gate will be made a part of the park. The permanent closure of the road is to ensure smooth flow of traffic in the area, the volume of which will increase after the opening of the Thakaraparambu flyover. The increase in the traffic will make the area accident prone.

TRDCL will redefine the park’s periphery as part of the City Roads Improvement Project. Technically, the path is not designated as a road, according to TRDCL officials. However, for years, vehicles have been plying on the 4m wide strip owned by the Corporation. It was has been tarred as well. Corporation has granted permission to work on the strip.

At present, traffic flows on all three sides of the park and chances high for accidents to occur at the place where traffic from two of the roads converge. The triangular circulation pattern of the vehicle flow is not advisable, they say. Though no accidents have been reported till now, the increase in traffic on the flyover will multiply the chances of a mishap.

At present, four traffic police personnel - two in each shift- have been deployed from 8 am to 8 pm to regulate the traffic. The road has been temporarily blocked as well. The road from Park to Fort has been made one-way.The closure of the road was suggested in the Detailed Project Report prepared by the Consulting Engineering Services Company in 2003. CES had worked as per a NATPAC study published a year before, which projected traffic volumes for 2014, and produced a model of traffic flow.

The officials say that the reliability of the CES model became apparent every time they tested the adequacy of various designs which are part of City Road Improvement Project.

In order to ease the traffic flow here, Kerala Road Fund Board plans to take part of the park’s south side and widen the road on the side which ferries traffic from Sreekandeswaram temple to Uppidamoodu bridge. Though the park will lose this piece of land, the total area of the park will increase.

Traffic Blues

The road between Chattambiswami Park and Fort Gate will be made a part of the park

The permanent closure of the road is to ensure smooth flow of traffic in the area

The volume of traffic will increase after the opening of the Thakaraparambu flyover

The increase in the traffic will make the area accident prone

TRDCL will redefine the park’s periphery as part of the City Roads Improvement Project

The closure of the road was suggested in the DPR prepared by the CES Company in 2003

Kerala Road Fund Board plans to widen the road that ferries traffic from Sreekandeswaram temple to Uppidamoodu bridge



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