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Wednesday, 22 February 2017
Abhinesh H

Chennai: Everyday pedestrians endanger themselves by jaywalking near Canara Bank bus stop opposite Ambattur Railway Station Road on CTH Road in Chennai.

Vehicles on this stretch zip past at high speeds and the number of vehicles coming to and fro is endless. After widening CTH Road, a State highway, motorists travel at high speeds slowing down only to signals.

"People do not pay heed to the signal and cross according to their wish. As the road is wide, vehicles travel at high speeds. Pedestrians are endangering themselves and also motorists. They take a risk by jaywalking," said Elangovan, a motorist residing in Ambattur.

People trying to cross the road don't pay attention to new traffic lights at the junction. "During rush hours, traffic gets blocked as huge crowds of people cross the road when the signal is green causing traffic chaos," added Elangovan.

Motorists, to make up for lost time at the narrow traffic points, speed up between Ambattur Old Town (OT) bus terminus and Canara Bank bus stop. Traffic moves at a snail’s pace after these areas even during non-peak hours.

As a result, vehicles  tend to travel at high speeds near the junction once they pass the traffic chaos at Canara Bank bus stop.

"Traffic policemen are stationed  to help pedestrians cross the road without any trouble. That is the only time when there is uniformity among pedestrians. The safety aspect is very high when the police personnel are deployed," said S Bharani, a resident of Ambattur.

CTH Road is a short route for motorists travelling from nearby areas like Avadi, Ayambakkam, Puzhal and Red Hills to reach the Chennai Bypass and Poonamallee High Road.

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