Chennai: Loyola subway work temporarily shelved

City police withdraws traffic diversions.

Chennai: Following repeated complaints from commuters using Loyola subway and major roadblock on Wednesday, city police decided to withdraw traffic diversions put in place to aid the renovation and repair works of the subway.

Repair works have also been shelved for now by Chennai Corporation, four days after the operations began.

“The vehicle diversion plan effected for facilitating the renovation work stands cancelled with effect from 6 am on Friday,” a statement from Chennai city traffic police said.

As on Thursday, one lane is operated in the incoming direction for vehicles coming from Mehta Nagar towards Loyola College and Light Motor Vehicles (LMV) are allowed, police said.

Unprecedented traffic delay experienced on Wednesday is a major reason behind renovation works being temporarily suspended, a senior police officer said.

Heavy pile up of vehicles was observed on Nelson Manickam road and Harrington road over the past three days, since the repair works in Loyola subway began on June 19. It was announced that the City Corporation would take at least two months to complete the renovation and repair works. However, the existing traffic diversions and arrangements meant that commuters would have to spend hours for short commutes and traffic pile up on other roads.

“Traffic restrictions on EVR road will be lifted in a few days after which the renovation work of the subways will be taken up,” the officer said. City Police Commissioner reviewed the arrangements on EVR road on Wednesday and discussed the course of action with senior traffic officers.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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