Roads in Sullia turned in to parking lot

Roads in Sullia turned in to parking lot

Normally roads are developed to ease the traffic congestion. As part of development of Mani-Mysore state highways, the roads in Sullia town were widened. The road which was four metre wide in the beginning was made into seven metre wide.

Unfortunately, the widening of the road has not eased the traffic congestion. Instead it has increased the traffic congestion with the vehicle users parking the vehicles on either side of the road.

The district administration had chalked out a plan to convert the existing road into a fourlane when Ponnuraj was the Deputy Commissioner of the district. In fact, a survey was also carried out for acquiring the land for the purpose. However, with his transfer, the proposal began gathering the dust. “As per the proposal, it was decided to widen the road by nine metre. Those building owners who would part their were promised of giving license for constructing their building once the road widening process was completed.”

Now with the widening of the road in Sullia, the consumers who visit shops, park their vehicles in front of the shops, as no parking areas have not been earmarked in the region. With the parking of the vehicles on the road, the road becomes narrow, thus causing severe inconvenience for the vehicle users who use the road. As per KRDCL rules, vehicles should not be allowed to park beside the highway. The local administration should make way for parking the vehicles.

The residents of Sullia town are urging the district administration to introduce pay parking system, to solve the problems related to traffic congestion. The local administration should introduce pay parking in atleast four places in Sullia town. The locals say that the elected representatives and local bodies are least bothered on the development.

Heaps of waste, broken footpaths, choked drains are a common sight. The street vendors have encroached the footpaths, thus causing severe inconvenience to the pedestrians to walk beside the road. Many a time, pedestrians are forced to walk on the road, risking their life. However, the authorities are least bothered, added residents. The UGD works have not been completed in Sullia. Though the work was started three months ago, it has not seen any progress so far.

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