Chennai Metro; second traffic diversion rule scrapped after vehicles pile up on four sides at R A Puram junctions

Less than 48 hours after a new traffic diversion regulation was rolled out at the south end of R K Mutt Road – Greenways Road junction for Chennai Metro work, it has been scrapped.

This is the second such diversion system that had to be withdrawn.

The Wednesday action came after traffic piled up on all sides of main roads at the junction where Metro work is on at what was once a playground, on the R A Puram side.

Motorists said that when people got back to work after the long weekend, vehicles crawled on the Adyar bridge, Brodies Castle Road and DGS Dinakaran side too, making life a misery 9.30 a.m onwards, and was worse than the chaos of the first diversion into Kamaraj Salai had caused.

By noontime Wednesday, Traffic Police and Metro staff removed the barricades and yanked off the directions banners and traffic was restored to the regular system.

Police say that at morning and evening peak hours, the traffic volumes from the Mylapore, R  A Puram, San Thome and Adyar sides are heavy and any form of diversion will create a mess.

But traffic diversion will have to be enforced if Metro work is to progress southwards from this point.

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