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Flyover leading to the Technopark gates or an underpass are the long-term solutions to the traffic problem

Traffic moves at a snail’s pace in front of the IT park day in, day out, but is the State content letting things be…

  The blistering pace at which things often move in the IT industry and the road-rage-inducing crawl of traffic outside the Technopark gate — it is a fascinating study in contrast. On any given day, a motorist has to spend a good while — particularly in the morning and in the evening — either trying to get inside Technopark or to drive on past the gates on the NH bypass. It is not as though the reason for this bumper-to-bumper imbroglio is hard to find; the bypass has never been widened since its launch many years ago. Its so-called service roads and the space on either side allegedly earmarked for the road’s widening serve other purposes now. Image removed. There are those who believe that the construction of either a flyover leading to the Technopark gates or an underpass to the facility are the long-term solutions to the traffic problem in the area. The alacrity shown by the government in promoting Technopark is missing in the search for a solution to the vehicular congestion outside its gates. The bus bay at East Fort for services towards Kovalam is a scene of chaos during peak hours every day. Haphazard parking of private and Kerala State Road Transport Corporation city buses ends up blocking the smooth flow of other vehicles heading to Manacaud and Kovalam. Commuters have a hard time getting into the buses, which are sometimes parked on the middle of the road. Many a time, they are caught in front of motorists who manoeuvre through the narrow gaps between the buses. The bay is also close to the crucial junction for vehicles from the Chala side, which further adds to the confusion. How long does it take for public utilities to repair a road that was dug up to lay a pipeline? In Thiruvananthapuram, the question is likely to be met with stony silence, or even more likely trigger a blame game between the departments concerned. A classic example is the crucial and busy Vazhayila stretch of the Peroorkada-Aruvikkara road, several stretches of which were dug up to lay the new mild steel transmission mainline of the Kerala Water Authority (KWA) from Peroorkada. The work that required digging up of the road on the main stretch at Vazhayila was over at least four months ago. Still, the road remains a tough proposition for motorists. That is, despite what the authorities call ‘road restoration’ being completed. Protests have been taken out by the public and the political parties, apart from umpteen media reports on the situation. The KWA said it paid Rs.2.5 crore to the Public Works Department to restore the road. But even after the pipe has been commissioned, the road is a mud-trap after every shower, and of late, a pipe-leak is all it takes to flood the road. Restoration, at least in this case, seems to have different dimensions for different departments. (Reporting by G. Mahadevan, S.R. Praveen, and Dennis Marcus Mathew)