The heavily-congested area around the Koyambedu wholesale market could soon become relatively easy to negotiate with a new parking yard for trucks likely to be inaugurated next week.
The facility, set up on a 7.62-acre plot of land at a cost of Rs 7.10 crore, will accommodate about 200 goods transport vehicles that had been parked on roadsides and inside the Koyambedu vegetable market until now, causing problems for motorists and pedestrians alike.
“Work on the parking yard was started during March last year. A major part has been completed and the finishing touches are being given now. The new facility will give a big relief from congestion on roads here,” official sources in the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority said.
Congestion on the roads adjacent to the Koyambedu market had increased rapidly after the Chennai Metro Rail works began. “The roads are also in extremely poor shape. Reaching the market from Poonamallee High Road is a big struggle as the roads are full of potholes. The situation was terrible during the last two days due to rain,” said Selvarajan, a lorry driver.
“Presently, 300 to 400 lorries and over 200 mini-vans come to the Koyambedu market daily with about 5,000 tonnes of vegetables. After unloading the produce, the lorries are parked haphazardly along the nearby roads resulting in traffic congestion. Therefore, a parking yard is the need of the hour. It will be a helpful not only for the vehicles but also for the regulation of traffic in the area,” said V Soundararajan, a wholesale trader and former member of the Koyambedu Market
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