For pedestrians, walking on Babu Jagajeevanram Salai (Bell Road) in Chepauk is next to impossible. Two-wheeler dealers selling second-hand vehicles have taken up much of the footpath, leaving hardly any space for people to walk.
Starting from the intersection of Wallahjah Road, the pavements on both sides is usurped by commercial establishments and parked vehicles.
The situation prevails till Bharathi Salai, Triplicane.
K. Raman, a retired school teacher and a long-time resident of Mylapore, said, “There is no space for us to walk. The pavements have been usurped by commercial establishments selling second-hand two-wheelers in large numbers.”
The stretch comes under the maintenance of Zone 9 of Greater Chennai Corporation.
The stretch is busy as it leads to Government Kasturba Gandhi Hospital for Women and Children. Further down, the second hand book market and the Parthasarathy Temple are located.
Autorickshaws and cars abutting the pavement also make it difficult to walk on the road.
Outside a liquor outlet run by Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation (TASMAC), tipplers park their vehicles haphazardly on the carriageway disrupting free flow of traffic.
The pavements are also dumped with trash.
As this is a bus route road, Metropolitan Transport Corporation buses also find it a challenge to negotiate through the stretch.
A Traffic police officer, said, “We have received a lot of complaints from motorists and the pedestrians in this regard. We have also warned the two-wheeler dealers against parking the vehicles on the carriageway and the pavements. The department will soon look into the issue and take action against the violators.”
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