Insights from residents’ meeting with Traffic Police

Citizen report : TD Babu

Spark, a civic forum based in Adyar, organised a meeting, at Mangayakarasi Magalir Mandram, Sastri Nagar, with the police department on May 12. In spite of the summer heat, residents in and around Adyar attended the meeting to voice their concerns. The Joint Commissioner, Traffic, R.Sudhakar and his Adyar team and Assistant Commissioner, Law and Order, Adyar, A. Aravindan along with the inspector and their team were present to hear the grievances. Members of Spark started the meeting appreciating Traffic Inspectors Perumal and Joseph and recovery staff Manikandan and Stalin for their immediate response to resident’s complaints.

Major issues voiced in the meeting were on traffic, especially rash driving by youths and under age boys both in the residential areas and in the arterial roads. Pressing safety concerns such as unsafe pavements where motorists compete with pedestrians and Stop line violation by vehicles, which puts the pedestrian’s life at risk were discussed.

Suguna Chandrasamy from Thiruvanmiyur requested the police to deploy more constables at Thiruvanmiyur in the weekends. Seshadhri from Krishnamachari Avenue said that the residents of this avenue are having a tough time throughout the day, due to indiscriminate parking of the vehicles, as it restricts their movement, in addition to the trouble they face due to the tea and snack stall at the entry point of the Avenue.

Ramakrishnan representing Federation of Adyar Residents Association (FEDARA) voiced the troubles faced by the motorists at the corner of 4th Main Road, Gandhi Nagar, as the vehicles from Fortis Malar hospital and the Bharath petrol bunk enter the main road in wrong side. He also requested the Police to have a single zebra crossing at Adyar signal from Shangeetha textile showroom to Gandhi Nagar side, because,as of now the pedestrians have to cross two roads to reach Gandhi Nagar 1st Main Road.

J.Krishnamurthy from Adyar requested an increase in the time for pedestrian crossing at the signals, as it is too short to cross the road. He also suggested an outreach programme in the schools on traffic rules and safety.

Vembu, from Padmanaba Nagar requested to have permanent traffic police at the Adyar post office near Padmanaba Nagar and Besant Avenue junction as this road has been used by the motorists to bypass L.B. Road. Vasundhara Gopalarathnam from T.M. Maistry Street, pleaded the official to make T.M.Maistry Street one-way, as this narrow street is choked with vehicles and encroachments.

Namachivayam from Venkatratnam Nagar wanted the police to put a caution board before the speed breaker and to paint speed breakers as most of them are not visible clearly. Residents also requested the police to resume ‘police beat’ with respect to the safety of senior citizens. They also appealed that the regular police beat should come at different timings rather than uniform timings.

R. Sudhakar instructed the Traffic Police to resolve the issues at the earliest and requested the residents to Whatsapp pictures of any violation, so that they can take immediate action. He insisted that such meetings should happen frequently and requested residents to get enrolled as Traffic Wardens, who will have equal powers as traffic police and will be in uniform. The wardens can choose the location, days and timings for duty. For details about wardens visit

Contact numbers – JCP Traffic: 94422 26600, ACP traffic: 94440 46222, ACP, Law & Order, Adyar: 98409 90721.