Yentha Follow Up: Ulloor Junction Waiting For A Signal
On Dec 06, 2014
|Trivandrum: It was been two years since Yentha visited the busy Ulloor junction. We were back to find out the progress on issues that were highlighted by people who reside there. Three major roads meet at this junction The road to Medical College, the road to Kesavadasapuram, and the NH towards Pongumoodu. The NH is the main road taken while traveling out of the city so too the road taken by thousands for their daily commute for thousands to Technopark.
When we visited last, unfinished work was the norm. Like the divider that lacks a reflector which was a veritable death trap for those travelling at night. The unevenly paved slabs, piles of mud and other wastes dumped on the footpath. No policeman on duty at peak hours to control. And so on.
Now the residents here seem happy as the piles of mud and other wastes dumped on the footpath has changed into a well-laid footpath. They have a new bus stop and work on the divider is complete. It seems like almost all the problems reported two years back have been solved.
The Kerala Road Fund Board (KRFB) started work here to bring about a complete change to the area including the installation of a signal system. However, work on installing a traffic signal at the junction is not yet completed which is causing traffic snarls during peak traffic hours.
“Residents are quite happy with the changes that have come about. Now our children can safely walk on the well laid footpath. But the KRFB should take steps to install a signal that would ensure smooth flow of traffic,” said Shajikumar an Ulloor resident.
When contacted a senior official from TRDCL (Trivandrum Road Development Company Ltd) said, “The work to install a signal at Ulloor will start as soon as we complete constructing an island at the junction. The signal will be placed inside this island.” He also added, “Steps have been taken for the construction work to start.”
Ulloor junction is a very strategic junction for the city. Three major roads to and from the city converge here. This is the entry point for traffic that goes to major hospitals like the Govt. Medical College, SUT, KIMS, GG, and Cosmopolitan among others. A signal here could be the need of the hour provided the timings during peak hours are fine-tuned to perfection.