One – way traffic system in Luz: Must the new MLA address this issue?

Many issues will seek the attention of the newly elected MLA of Mylapore constituency, R. Rajalakshmi of the AIADMK party.

One issue that seems to bother a significant number of Mylaporeans, especially senior citizens is the ‘one way’ traffic system that now prevails in and around the Luz neighbourhood.

The system was put in place almost a year ago. Police said it would be studied. But the outcome of that promised study is not public.

Mylapore Times went out to the neighbourhood and spoke to a few people to seek their views on this issue. Here is what they said.

S. Ansari, clothes store owner on Luz Church Road:
Luz is a busy shopping centre but the one way system has certainly affected all of us who run clothes stores here. Access to our stores has been limited. Shoppers now have to travel on a roundabout way and many do not want to do that. So many of us have stopped stocking large quantities. How can we take a risk?

A. Munuswamy, pavement hawker of belts, bags, caps, Luz
We depend on people who go up and down in Luz. When there was two way traffic, people used to move on both sides of the main road and shopping here was easy for them. Now, its one way limited traffic. Our business has been hit.

Suresh, owner, Rex Fashions, Luz
Our regular shoppers have been telling us that the roundabout approach puts them off because they lose time and it’s a bother. It is hard to get new shoppers. People want quick access. We also witness many small accidents here because people drive fast in the ‘one ways’ system and people who go by walk cannot cross the main road easily.

K. E. Kamalakannan, resident of Karpagambal Nagar for 50 years
For years, we have had access to all parts of our neighbourhood, be it market, shops, temples or friends. The two-way system made travel easy. Now, seniors like us face problems. We have to walk around to get to a bus stop or hire an auto to go to the other side.

K. Lakshmi, salesperson at store on Royapettah H. Road
The one way system has greatly affected businesses in this area. Access has discouraged shoppers because many have to take a roundabout. The plus feature of the one way is that traffic is less chaotic and the noise pollution has lessened and that has brought us some relief.

2 Comments on “One – way traffic system in Luz: Must the new MLA address this issue?”

  1. iI do agree with above opinion.My idea is south mada street in mylapore can be made one wayfrom east mada street.Being a small road with hawlkers occupying the road it is difficult to walk.please try not to allow big cars and other vehicles.people who walk especially senior citizens find it very difficult to walk.

  2. The one way system is realy made difficult for many people. For people going to rex fashion or bombay dyeing from nageshwara rao park have to take long rout driving almost more than 2 km. This one way system to be replaced with two way system. For better flow of traffic police personal shall be posted near LUZ signal.

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